Slip-N-Slide artist Swazy Baby gained recognition through the help of DJ Bigga Rankin. Though not originally from Florida, the Cordele, GA native has a gained a following in the sunshine state via the Cool Runnings DJs and HIS Slip-N-Slide fam. He also maintains his GA fan base as well. You have a new video out for “Move Out the Way.” Is that your single? I mean, if the people like it that much. It’s really old. I did that when I was like 17. It’s cool. If they like then I love it. Did you just shoot the video because your label wanted you to? Yeah, basically. I didn’t really wanna bring it out like that ‘cause I feel it’s old. I’ve gotten better since then. How did you come up in the game and get signed to Slip-N-Slide? Through Bigga Rankin. I met him in Georgia at a competition. I won it and he took me to Jacksonville for the Next Big Super Star shoot with Slip-N-Slide. He had already given ‘em my mixtape – it was half rap, half R&B. They already liked me and wanted to see my performance. So when I went down there and they loved the performance, it was a wrap really. Slip-N-Slide mostly deals with Florida artists. How does it feel to be the only artist reppin’ GA on their roster? It’s feels good. I’m different from everybody at the label. How would you describe your sound? It’s like futuristic gangsta rap. I was already rappin’ and sangin’ so I just put it together. You produce too, right? Do you make most of your beats? Yeah. I work with a lot of other people. My lil cousin Josh, aka J, makes beats for me mainly, and Hollywood J, I fuck with CP Hollywood, Trap Camp, and J1. But if I get an idea for something or a little tune comes across my head, shit, I’ll just make the beat myself.
Have you collaborated with any of the other Slip-N-Slide artists? I did “Stay High” with Camar, I got “Sex Games” and “In the Bed” with Qwote, and I did “Talk About Dis Money” with Trina. What are some of your songs that people like the most? So far, they like every one I put out. But they like that “I Sang” shit the most. I put that out 2 months ago. What made you get into music in the first place? My uncle inspired me to do the little rappin’ shit. I was just watching him and looked up to him. He used to be rappin’ and shit and he stayed with a lot of money. (laughs) And then there were people I listened to like Jeezy and Plies. You’re from Cordele, GA, right? Is that where you stay now? Not really. I be back and forth from here to Tampa to Miami to Atlanta. I don’t have a main spot. What mixtapes have you put out? I got the Young Bosses mixtape out with Lil Webbie and Phat. Bigga Rankin hosted it. I got a mixtape called 1st Round Draft Pick hosted by DJ Krunch One from Miami. And then I’ve got another 1st Round Draft Pick mixtape hosted by DJ Scream. I’m working on a mixtape for Memorial Day Weekend called Follow Me @ DaRealSwazyBaby. That shit gon’ be stupid. Do you like singing or rapping better? Damn, which one do I like better? I like rappin’ the most. But I like sangin’ too – aight, ok, I like sangin’ the most. But if you ask me to sang I ain’t gon’ sang though. Is there anything else you want to mention before we go? Check me out on Myspace.com/SwazyBaby, Twitter.com/DaRealSwazyBaby, Facebook. com/SwazyBaby, and YouTube.com/SwazyBaby1.
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