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    Genre:Rap, Hip-Hop
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Fit 4 a King lyrics
    2Blast Yer Brain lyrics
    3Stop And Stare lyrics
    Break The Chain lyrics
    Lupe Fiasco feat. Eric Turner and Sway
    5No Sleep (Feat. Ksi, Tigger Da Author) lyrics
    6Saturday Night Hustle lyrics
    7Products lyrics
    Nightmares lyrics
    Ed Sheeran feat. Random Impulse, Sway and Wretch 32
    Up Your Speed (Ft. Pyrelli) lyrics
    10Yum Yum Gimme Some lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    This is my Demo (2006) [2006]
    2The Signature LP (2008) [2008]


    It was at the age of 11 that Sway first truly discovered his passion for words and music. In his own unique manner, he started to mimic some of his favourite artists, changing their lyrics and doing his own versions of their songs. In secondary school he would spend much of his spare time utilising the equipment in the music department, trying to hone his talents as a producer. "I didn't want be a rapper because I didn't wanna be famous", says Sway. "My forte was production but people kept demanding to hear me rap. I started thinking that these people were trying to tell me my beats were rubbish,I liked my beats!"

    He began producing tracks for local talent and although this gave him some respect as a beat maker, people still insisted that he should combine his humorous and quirky personality with his song writing ability and pursue a career as an artist. After months of practice he managed to gain more confidence in his ability to perform, and began entering open mic competitions.
    He managed to get to the grand final of an open mic session at London's Dingwalls despite at 16 years old being too young to even be in the club! He came second to Chester P of Task Force and the bug had set in. Then, weeks later, as the youngest of a Tottenham based rap trio, 'Phynix Crew', he reached the finals of Choice FM's 'Rapology '99'. What happened? "We lost innit. But it was at this point my career was really born".

    Soon afterwards, Phynix Crew joined up with two other collectives to form the group 'One'. By now, Sway was tired of battling. He wanted to start making songs and between working at a part-time retail job, studying at college and composing ring tones for a company, he began putting together his own studio in his bedroom.

    Although Sway was in a group situation he began recording solo tracks (as Sway Dasafo) out of the frustration with some of his group members work ethic. He recorded a few songs, including one entitled 'On My Own'. The track got into the hands of aspiring 1Xtra DJ Excalibah who championed it to the A-list upon the station's launch.

    When One finally recorded enough tracks and raised enough money to independently release their debut 10-track CD 'Onederful World' Sway was responsible for 50% of the production.
    Through their street hustle the group managed to sell a decent number of units without external help or distribution. After a copy of the CD reached a member of the 'MOBO Unsung' committee, the group reached the final five of the competition and although they didn't win, they began gaining airplay from Radio 1's DJ Tim Westwood & 1Xtra's DJ Semtex.

    Then in 2003 Sway decided it was time to make himself a priority. He shortened his name and began jumping on mixtapes all over London. His name and face were already well-known on the underground British rap circuit and so now he wanted to branch out and explore more musical avenues: "UKG was big at this time but I just couldn't do it because I never felt the vibe of the scene suited me, British hip-hop was just so dry and grey, Hip Life [West African Hip-Hop] was a no-no 'cause I couldn't rap in Twi [a Ghanaian dialect and his mother tongue], Drum & Bass just hurts my head sometimes and I can't sing good so RnB was out the question! I never felt at home anywhere".

    Despite this in the previous year Sway was invited by his cousin, Drum & Bass DJ Ink (Metalheadz/ Renegade Hardware) to feature on some D&B tracks and became a core affiliate of the collective now known as 'Fifth Element'.

    2004 saw Sway writing and recording at a frantic pace, devising a Masterplan for success, and setting up his own a totally self-run production company and label Dcypha which would be the independent outlet for Sway's first trilogy of releases 'This Is My Promo, Volume 1', 'This Is My Promo, Volume 2', and 'This Is My Demo'. Sway's aim with this hat-trick of releases Was to express and establish himself as an artist before signing to a label.

    The two This Is My Promo volumes exhibit Sway's all round natural abilities in a traditional hip-hop mixtape setting and are album length collections of rough tracks, radio appearances, skits and bootlegs all combining to make an electrifying demonstration of Sway's raw talent and undeniable abilities. The mixtapes were originally intended as small scale precursors to the More fully-formed This Is My Demo album, but their success grew bigger than ever imagined propelling Sway into pole position as the UK's biggest selling mixtape artist and resulting in waves of positive attention.

    As well as masterminding, planning and running his career, Sway also found time to tour with Dizzee Rascal and to bring his inimitable style to a raft of releases as a guest artist: Sway's cheeky chappie chat up lines shone through on Terri Walker's 'Whoopsie Daisy'; he rode roughshod on a verse in Taz's 'Cowboy Film' remix; and cash-backed in style with the Mitchell Brothers and Mike Skinner on 'Harvey Nicks'.

    Sway gained a reputation as a future Star and one of black British music's hottest artist. All eyes on Sway. Awards quickly followed; Sway walked away with 'Best Newcomer' at the Urban Music Awards, 'Best of British' from the Channel U Awards, and 'Best Hip-Hop Artist' at the MOBOs despite still being unsigned, not having released an album, and being up against rap heavyweights 50 Cent and The Game.

    Having taken the music scene by storm throughout 2005, by the close of the year Sway's This Is My Demo was one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2006. A culmination of all his work and ideas to date the album is a triumphant and truly British cross-pollination of influences. Encapsulating a plethora of ideas, originality and creativity, the record draws on a broad range of musical styles including hip-hop, grime, soul and pop to create a sound that matches the freshness and originality of Sway's lyrics.

    Sway produced half of the 14 tracks himself, proving his natural abilities behind the mixing board as well as in the vocal booth. His witty flow and distinctive rhymes cover subjects as diverse as credit card debt [Flo Fashion], downloading music [Download], a child's imagination [Sick World], city living [Products]. On one track Sway even goes as far as adopting the persona of a husband within a violent and abusive relationship [Pretty Ugly Husband].

    The album dropped in February to widespread and massive critical acclaim and is becoming increasingly viewed as a landmark moment for British "urban" And hip-hop music. Since the album's release Sway has been headlining his own UK tour. Sway's debut sparked attention from across the pond, with artisits such as Chamillionaire, Lupe Fiasco and Small World leading to Sway providing a verse on Chamillionaire's UK remix of Ridin' Dirty and Lupe Fiasco's We Love You.
    In November 2006, Sway won a BET Hip-Hop Award for "Best UK Hip-Hop Act", beating the likes of Blak Twang, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and Kano. By being nominated and winning the BET for "BEST UK Hip-Hop Act", Sway was seen by millions across America in a video showing himself in a cipher with Saigon, Remy Ma, and Rhymefest freestyling on a rooftop in New York. This freestyle can also be heard on DJ Kay Slay's mixtape Drama Season Begins Now and Sway's The Dotted Lines Mixtape.
    Sway eventually signed to US R&B star Akon's Konvict Muzik, we his currently working on his latest album, The Signature LP, which is due to be released in May, Akon and Kanye West are rumoured to be producing a few tracks.

    From Fanpage: www.swayfan.com/bio.html

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