Our latest installment of The Whole 9 has us checkin in with Seattle rapper SWSHR, who just realized his new single WAWA. Check out the interview below, and for more, check him on Facebook and Instagram.
the9elements: How did you get your stage name?
SWSHR: I was thinking about this just the other day, and I remembered I was trying to create a tag for some stickers I was making in high school. I was on a plane flight, writing a ton of ideas in my notebook and I wrote SWSHR, and it stuck! Random kids who go to my college with will call me SWSHR, not sure if they know my real name or not but it’s something. I think a lot of them have heard about me from one of my campus shows.
T9E: What made you decide to become a rapper?
S: The first music I started listening to was rap on this busted portable radio I got at a birthday party in 1st grade. Back in the day, KUBE 93.3 in Seattle was the shit and all my friends would skate and listen to Jeezy and T.I., which gave me a lot of character when it came to my own music later on.
I started freestyling and writing with my boys Henry and Tommy and just sort of kept doing it, and eventually I started trying to do something with it.
T9E: What’s the first rap song you ever heard? Describe the moment.
S: (Laughs) I think that the first memorable rap song I heard was It’s Going Down by Yung Joc. I was probably on the school bus ride home, headphones plugged into my lil’ radio and ignoring the kids around me.
I have always been social but super reserved, and I think that exposure to different music than my family and community introduced to provided a space I could settle in to.
T9E: How did “WAWA” come together?
S: “WAWA” was written and recorded within a span of about an hour, which is super unnatural for me. I like to constantly go back and edit the beat and the rhyme schemes, and my songs end up sounding way different when I release them from when they first started.
The homie sent me a link to a beat on YouTube, I linked to the dude’s website and copped the beat on the spot. From then on, me and my team knew “WAWA” was super marketable and were working hard to ensure the success of the track.
T9E: What are your thoughts on the year in Hip Hop music?
S: Hip Hop keeps getting more interesting every year, and I feel like I am more and more out of tune with who and what is making a wave in the industry.
Some great projects have been coming out. I loved the Lil’ Baby and Gunna collab, and I’m super excited for the Oxnard release from Anderson .Paak. I’m hyped to see some degree of artist turnover from year to year, and still wondering where it’ll go next. Go run up WAWA fam.