Farai Gwasira, otherwise known as KING SWAY, presents his self-produced single, ‘Winter (2 AM)’, a soothing afterhours joint that takes you on a heart wrenching journey of what was, what could have been and what should have been. The evocative track outlines the story of a relationship turned sour and the thoughts and emotions of an embattled heart that yearns for what it lost.
Born in Zimbabwe, now residing in Canada, King Sway started out in 2018, pushing out ten singles in two years. Known for his witty wordplay, Sway’s sound transcends any particular genre, crossing over from pop rap to trap, dancehall, R&B and Pop. He sites Drake, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Tory Lanez and local musicians as influences on his style and music. He is also one of the hosts on the CBC series, Stuffed.
‘Winter Time (2 AM)’ is now available on all good DSPs and through his label, King Sway Music. Why not check it out below…
I have been following Matt Wride – aka TRIGGA RYDER – ever since he slipped me his 2016 track, ‘That’s A Fact’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Manchester-based spitter to talk about his latest project, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’. As I was immediately intrigued by the album’s title, I asked him what inspired him to produce the ten-track set plus his plans for the rest of the year.
NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?
TR: Yeah 2021 is going good so far, definitely better than 2020. 2020 was pretty hard to be honest due to COVID but it seems like there’s hope on the horizon and stuff is hopefully going to get back to normal soon.
NLM: You released your album, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ last November. What is the public perception on the project so far?
TR: Definitely been a lot of love for the project and people supporting the final product I feel like it could have done better In terms of numbers of streams sales etc. But I’m happy with it and these days I’m making music for myself so if anyone else buzzes of it that’s a bonus
NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?
TR: The birth of my son Dylan in 2017 inspired me and made me think wow I’m actually a grown up now, hence the title Not A Yout Anymore, also the breakup of me and his Mum which was a struggle, but it inspired me on some of the tracks with lyrics and concepts.
NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?
TR: I’d say the project has a mixture of sounds which is something I intended by my choice of using three different producers/ beat makers there’s some Boom Bap , Grime and Modern Rap in the vein of D Block Europe and Nafe Smallz minus the auto tune which I’m not opposed to using but didn’t think it would fit with the project this time around.
NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?
It depends what mood I’m in but I’m pleased with the lead single Not A Yout Anymore. The Chorus kept getting stuck in my head so we shot a video for it with Chris Lucas of Arun productions in Bristol you can watch it here:
I also really like how the track path that I choose turned out in terms of production.
NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why
TR: Probably Potter Payper although I’m not really sure if he’s classed as mainstream, but I’m feeling all the stuff he’s been putting out recently and followed him Since the beginning of his career.
Met him a couple of times once in Manchester and then at a gig in Birmingham and he was really safe plus he went in with his performance.
NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your EP?
TR: Yeah potentially would have had some features on the project if the rappers I had in mind had access to a studio but COVID meant they couldn’t record, also the project was started just before COVID with the intention of having it all mixed by one of the beat makers on the project but when it kicked in he ended up having other commitments to fulfil so I ended up mixing it myself which was good because I enjoy the production side of things.
NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021
TR: Working on a couple of features should have a track dropping with a rapper called Thrash Thorn from LA produced by Yello Blac who I’ve done tracks with in the past.
NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘Not A Yout Anymore’?
TR: Yeah I’d like to shout out Subvert The Cynic
Trooh Hippi, Nineteen, Chris Lucas and the Raptographer also all my friends and family and anyone who helped throughout the project. Also like so say thanks to you for interviewing me and always supporting bless up.
Following on from his last single, ‘All Of That’, which gained great traction at the beginning of 2020, AD‘s single ‘Rico’, showcases the Portuguese spitter’s versatility on the track which no doubt leaves the listener hyped and wanting more. ‘Rico’ is an up-tempo, gritty, hip hop track where AD slams down a bold storyline, comparing it to the synopses of the hit film “Paid In Full”, where ‘Rico’ isn’t someone to be trusted.
Why not check out the hype and watch the video for the banging single below…
DJ CHASE teams up with New Bronx Artist Retti Fisher for ‘Wait A Minute’, a positive uplifting record, boasting a smooth chill trap beat produced by DJ Chase, who is the founder of New York City-based production company Worldwide Soundz Records and the founder of DJ Chase Publishing, LLC.
Before he was in the boss’s chair, his roots began as a professional DJ, specialising in hip-hop, R&B, Reggae/ Dancehall, old-school, and House music. Check him out below…
Before closing the door to his The Room EP, Edmonton hip-hop artist K-RIZ unveiled a new video for the potently blended jazz-rap track, ‘A Place Where Love Is.’ Elevated by the swinging coos of Calgary soul singer Yolanda Sargeant (of Sargeant X Comrade), the song is a declaration for choosing to love in a time of fear.
The video stars K-Riz, Yolanda Sargeant and fellow Alberta rapper Lyrique, and serves as a hopeful antidote to the bleakness of the past year. Filmed from Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood and the city’s iconic Peace Bridge, the black and white video is punctuated by meaningful symbols. “Imagine life where colour doesn’t matter/Imagine peace where murder doesn’t happen…Under God’s blue sky, we all bleed the same you and I,” K-Riz spits, illuminating the possibility of a better world.
“This is the message that I wanted to close The Room out on,” said K-Riz. “I think this is a message that people need to hear right now—and over and over again. It’s time for people to open their hearts to peace and love.”
The Room EP was written by K-Riz while recovering from injuries sustained in a June 2020 car accident. The title signifies the room in which the album was conceived and the mental space and time he was given to reflect and create. The five-track collection is laced with smooth R&B grooves, jazz flourishes, lyrical atonements, and a near-death clarity, tracing the wrongs of past relationships (‘What a Shame’), faith (‘God First’), and a profound sense of gratitude for life (“A Place Where Love Is” feat. Yolanda Sargeant).
In the time since the EP’s release, K-Riz has been hailed by Complex for “quietly establishing himself as one of Alberta’s deftest lyricists; was named as a Black Canadian artist you need to know by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe of CBC’s The Block; and was listed among the Canadian artists you need to hear by Exclaim in January of 2021. The EP follows his debut full-length album, Fresh Air (2016), which garnered the rapper a spot on Hip Hop Canada’s list of the Top 40 Canadian Hip Hop MCs.
The Room EP is now available on all streaming platforms. You can also look for K-Riz’s sophomore full-length, Peace & Love, set for release this summer. For now, check out the video for ‘Where Love Is’…