"It's a TKO!"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
I recently had the privilege of reviewing the latest MIX TAPE/CD by Seattle's, own, Swift Tongues. Song for song, pound for pound "The Last MC" Mix Tape is an impressive musical production. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD-Mix Tape goes the full 12 rounds, & never once lets its guard down. It has everything from raw intensify, clever lyrics, to songs that are well crafted that will hold your attention span perfectly. As a whole this CD possesses allot of variety, and versatility. It delivers the typical in your face urban swagger you would expect from a rap CD, and cannot be faked no matter how hard you try. The strong suit is it's wide range of musical versatility, &the arsenal of musical flavors Swift Tongues brings to the table. With over 70+ minutes of music it's fully loaded. The female ear candy is delicious; the rap flow from Swift Tongues is first rate. Swift Tongues clearly delivers everything you would expect from a top notch mix tape, with each song possessing its own distinct personality, individuality, & wide amount of musical diversity. It's a TKO!
IMD I was really impressed with your latest mix tape? A lot of musical diversity, many sides to your personality, & multiple flavors? How long have you been working on it?
ST Thank you! I greatly appreciate your feedback and support. The multiple styles and topics are reflective of “Swift Tongues” The name describes me giving listeners something different on every track. I approach it as if each song is a painting and needs to stand apart from my previous works. I have also been told I’m able to display multiple delivery methods because I’m bi polar [laughs].
IMD How’s the Hip Hop, Rap scene in Pacific North West these days?
ST I feel like the hip hop scene in the North West is making huge strides. I have noticed artists coming together and support each other. I would defiantly say there is a NW movement brewing!
IMD Who are some of the top Rappers who have influenced you both the years?
ST I would say Tupac inspired me to have a strong work ethic. Scarface inspired me to deliver my thoughts in a story platform and Jay Z has inspired me to remain consistent. When I’m in the studio and I feel like I’m getting burnt out, I think to myself how much material Pac had after death and I’m able to push through. When I need to deliver a message through my music I think of Scarface and deliver the message vividly in a story form. When I get cocky and rush my writings I catch myself and think of Jay Z and how it’s important to give my listeners the best of me on every track.
IMD Who gets to be your favorite all time rapper period?
ST I don’t mean to sound cocky, but I would have to say I’m my favorite artist of all time. If you listen to my mix tape I give you songs like “Stop Tellin” that is delivered raw and yet has story behind it that is reminiscent of Scarface. Then I give you the Seattle Anthem “Seattle Lights” in which the energy and flow is considered by some to be better then Jay Z’s original. I also did “B” over the Dido beat and some say the passion was greater then Eminem in “Stan”. I challenge the listeners to name one other MC that has range that broad. When I say I’m my favorite it is like me paying homage to all the great ones, which I feel is reflected in my music.
IMD Have you ever met Sir Mix A lot?
ST I never met Mix; however I did a song on E-Dawgs mix tape before the retirement plan. E-Dawg is a signed to Mix’s label and is a living legend in the Northwest. I’m sure I will meet him in the future. Who knows maybe he will show up with one of them contracts for me with Lebron James numbers written down on it [laughs]. Big ups to Mix, E and Rhyme Cartel!
IMD What are the biggest things you want fans to take from your music?
ST I would like fans to be themselves when they listen to my music. When they are angry, listen to one of my aggressive tracks, but do the same when they are having a good day. There isn’t anything wrong with appreciating songs that don’t promote violence, we do not wake up every morning mad at the world so don’t expect my music to reflect constant anger. I am human; therefore my everyday life, struggles and triumphs are apparent in my music.
IMD What is the best concert you each have been to over the years?
ST I went to the Jay Z concert last year at the Key Arena! That is what inspired me to write ‘Seattle Lights”. The concert was electrifying. I walked out at the end feeling appreciative that I was able to experience one of the greats at their peak.
IMD I especially enjoyed the piece “Prostitute” can you tell us about that particular piece, what inspired that one?
ST I’m going to get in trouble for this one, but they say the truth sets you free. This song is actually reflective of a relationship I was in previously. I was involved with someone who had baggage and for whatever reason things didn’t work out. I wouldn’t change the experience though just maybe the performance. [laughs]
IMD How about “Stop Tellin” could you tell us more about those songs?
ST Stop Tellin was also a true story in which I can’t really go to far into detail. I will say this though; when situations arise and we believe certain people are in our corners, we owe it to ourselves to look over those situations with bias. In this situation the woman involved was actually thought to be trustworthy, however, she was an informant.
IMD What’s next for Swift Tongues?
ST I’m working on finishing up my album entitles “My Finest Hour” That will be complete mid November. I will continue to do shows locally to maintain my buzz and show my fans my appreciation. I have also written and Co-Directed 2 music videos in joint ventures with ERCO. They can be found at www.youtube.com/swifttongues. We have over 5300 hits and it has just been up 2 weeks. I also will be working on a joint venture with ERCO entitles “Seattle’s Best Copy” That will be a mix tape and only have the best of the best. The beginning of next year I’m going to have them start building my house on the Moon! That’s what’s next for me! [laughs]
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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