When that beat drops and the crowd goes wild, that’s the moment music lovers live for. Without a doubt, it’s a special time set just for the artist and their beloved fans. I wonder though, who is in the shadows? What person makes these moments possible in the first place? Whatever the DJ spins comes from that special person; one who can visualize it all before we hit the checkout button to buy our tickets. You may have seen the name Gawvi next to a song title after the word producer. Well, lets put him on a blank page, cross out the title and turn the music off for a second.
Since dropping, “If They Only Knew” in 2006, Trip Lee has done just what he rapped about on the song, “Gotta Grow,” by evolving both spiritually and musically, right before our eyes and ears. These days he doesn’t just carry the title: artist. In fact, you’re now free to take your pick and call him: Father, Husband, Author, and very soon Pastor.
When listening to your favorite artists, at times there’s a voice in a song you love or an unknown artist that is featured. It is more than likely that you can’t put a face to the name you see. This probably was true for Swoope when he had a spot on Lecrae’s album Gravity, but many didn’t know he actually made his debut some time before this great opportunity. Straight Outta Akron, Swoope comes to us with a seasoned sound and plates it with crafty lyrics. Now he’s ready to release his sophomore album with Collision Records and we get to know “the man behind the voice.”
“Originality and Musicality.” Two things that Swoope is bringing to the table. Considering his background in Gospel music that is rich in soul and passion, his music matches his intentions. Many say our current generation play roles with no authenticity and Swoope plans on addressing this. “I want to be myself, which I hope will in turn let other cats know that it’s okay for them to do too,” he says. “I want to bring that and infuse it with the hip hop I do as well.” There is a hunger in Swoope that I am sure we all hear, but nothing is as big as his craving for Jesus and the desire for the world to feel the same.