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Portrait of Philly Swain

Philly Swain

About Philly Swain

philadelphia, PA

Philly Swain was born in the the Southwest section of Philadelphia, on September 2nd, 1982. Swain remembers seeing rappers in the late 80’s looking and dressing like hustlers. Even though he knew being a hustler was of limits, rap wasn’t. Being musically inclined, Swain did his first show for a promoter at the age of six and he loved Swain’s swagger. As a teenager, Swain was known for winning and being undefeated during his high school competitions at the local YMCA’s where school’s from all across the city attended. In the year 2000 Swain performed in shows with The Brat, Master P, Trina, and Missy Elliot. In April of 2002, Swain signed with a local label named, “Take Down Records,” owned by the now infamous Alton "Ace Capone" Coles. Swain performed at the Spectrum along with Jay-Z, Lil-Mo, State Property, Dipset, Clipse and Fabulous. Unfortunately due to legal issues, Swain’s album was postponed until his release. On Swain’s return from a three year term of incarceration he discovered that the label he was on had been federally indited. This did not falter Swain who appeared on 106 and Park months after his return, where he became the first winner from Philadelphia. He also went 31-0 at the Fight Klub. Swain began a partnership with his producer and friend Sap the Beat Man (who was recently featured on as one of the hottest young producers). Swain also starred in a film project titled, "Hustle Diaries", displaying life in Take Down Records. Hustle Diaries was directed by Barry Michael Cooper, writer of New Jack City, Sugar Hill, and Above the Rim. Swain was featured in two songs (Me & Salute) on Jamie Knights Album “The Secrets Out” Released in the summer of 2007. In March of 2008 Swain was nominated Philly’s Hip-Hop Artist of the Year! His most recent accomplishment was November 2008 when his “Grind Time” battle premiered on and was viewed over 400,000 times in seven days, surpassing the views of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” Video.

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Portrait of Philly Swain
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