Philly rapper R-Swift is more than your typical “conscience” hip-hop artist. Raised on the streets of Brooklyn and Philadelphia, Swift began developing his skills as a rapper at the young age of 11 and rapped about the things he saw in his daily environment – namely sex, drugs, violence, and the constant rush for fame. Swift himself was headed down this path when he discovered the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Choral and took a different turn in life. After becoming a Christian in 1998 at the age of 17, Swift changed his tone and began spreading different message.
Soapbox is his hard-hitting sophomore album, out June 24th on Grammy nominated urban Christian label Cross Movement Records, and it finds the rapper wasting no time in calling today’s rap scene out for its gratuitous use of the aforementioned sex, drugs, money, and violence. Joined by fellow Christian artists Iz Real, J.R., Mac the doulous, Lecrae, Phien-X Zekaryah, Monty G, Young Josh, and Ackdavis, and backed by a gospel choir, Swift now spreads the messages of positivity and hope he’s found, topics he also shares with at risk youth at Youth Study Center in Philadelphia. In lead single “Good Mourning” Swift celebrates the gratitude he feels for each day since giving his life to God. “Lifetime” addresses the dangers of the thug life and the pursuit of wealth.
This summer R-Swift joins Cross Movement artists J.R., Flame, and Everyday Process on the Truth or Die Tour, stopping for two days to preach and perform in college campuses, churches, and community parks across America.
R-Swift on the Road
06-11 – CLC Book Center – Northfield, NJ
06-12 – CLC Book Center – Moorestown, NJ
06-28 – Six Flags – Chicago, IL
07-17 – TBA show with Flame & Ambassador – Sayreville, NJ
08-09 – Truth or Die Campaign – Detroit, MI
08-12 – Truth or Die Campaign – Nashville, TN
08-13 – Truth or Die Campaign – Nashville, TN
08-14 – Legacy Conference – Chicago, IL
08-15 – Truth or Die Campaign – Dallas, TX
08-17 – Truth or Die Campaign – Dallas, TX