The artist “Swisha,” oldest of 5, was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Rapping became second nature for him as he comes from a musical background; his grandfather, being a former Motown Artist. He taught himself how to play the piano and make his own original music. His main influences were Hip-Hop/Rap artists; 2 Pac, KRS-One, and Ice Cube. Rap felt like destiny for him. He turned pain and past experiences into lyrics, and never stopped recording tracks!! At a very young age Swisha and his younger siblings moved with his grandmother. Not having his mother or father around was a major challenge and caused him to make horrible decisions. By age 8, he was hustling for survival of himself, family and soon thereafter his 5 children. Things began moving in a positive direction when Swisha immersed himself in Basketball. He became well known for being the MVP for Libbey High School Basketball Team in Toledo, Ohio. “Basketball saved my life. It made me realize there is hope, I can make it out these streets, and make a better way for my family,” he admits. He thought getting a Basketball scholarship into College would be his ticket to saving his family, but he could not leave the streets and drug lifestyle alone and later dropped out of college.
“I’m trying to change my ways... I’m trying to Change. I'm Trying to change from Yesterday, I'm Trying to change... From Bad to Good, Trying to get out the hood, Do something good. I said I’m Trying to Change...”
In 2012, Swisha was awarded “Best Video of the year” for the Ohio Hip-Hop Music Awards, which was soon followed by an award for “Performer of the Year” for the Toledo Hip-Hop Music Awards. He is labeled the #1 Unsigned Music Artist in the Mid-West from the Hip-Hop Network and had over 31,000 Vevo Plays within the first few days of releasing his latest video; “She Wanna Get Hit.” Swisha has numerous tracks and videos that have been viewed and listened to over the years creating a large fan-base in the Midwest, the South and his music is continuously spreading.