Q. How did you get into the Hip Hop scene?
I used to be a grime artist and go under the name swiftly. At the time I got into grime I was going through a lot as a young teen growing up on an estate, the frustration I felt seemed to bode well with that aggressive sound. But after reading a lot of books and studying the right knowledge I became more conscious and needed a different medium for the new expression I had and the knowledge I gained. I then started listening to more and more hip hop and began writing music.
Q. How powerful a tool do you think Hip Hop is to educate and empower? How important is it for you to do this?
Hip hop has shaped the world, it has influenced dance, fashion, spilled out onto the logo of the 2012 Olympic symbol in the form of graffiti. Because of the influence hip hop has it has been sought after by corporations looking to control the raw and unfiltered views and emotions of the oppressed. Hip hop used to be about social commentary, political views and knowledge which a lot of music lacks today. It is therefore important for me to educate, entertain and inform as best as I can like the way it was designed for.
Q. You have worked with quite a few artists from the Hip Hop scene, who have you enjoyed working with the most?
I recently did a track called “The monarch” with hip hop veteran Copywrite from the states for this new album I’m releasing this year entitled cinematic, he was so cool and down to earth, and it was a lot of fun.
Q. What are your thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop?
It’s weird but what I’m finding is that the entire world seems to be turning to the UK for Hip Hop. I’ve been working on a project with Billy Danz from MOP and he said the same thing, not to mention Dj Premier saying he wants to work with Klashnekoff. The tide is changing and I’m most certainly going to be a part of that change I’ve got some epic features and conceptual projects to come.
Q. You received a massive response from your 2009 mixtape ‘Baptism Under Fire’, what tracks in particular worked for you?
That would have to be tracks like ‘Eargasm’, ‘Spiritual Scrolls’ & ‘Use your imagination’. A lot of fans said it was a classic and that they could play it from beginning to end.
Q. When can we expect a new mixtape from you, is there any tracks we can look out for in the meantime?
I have a mixtape entitled “Silver Casket” (symbolic of burying the vampires of the game in silver) dropping within the next 3 months, me and my brother Black Chronicle put it together. It will be coming out under the ‘Triple Darkness’ banner and has been supported by Joseph media. The first single from the tape has a video for it shot by rapper tags D‑Facer, it is called “Tears of Poseidon” see link below.
‘Tears of Poseidon’
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
I like working on my comic book and reading books on ancient African history.
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