18-year-old Swift has an unassuming look about him; until you notice the saucy Gucci belt. The half Puerto Rican Connecticut rapper is a trap artist that adamantly claims to live the life he portrays on record. “My real life inspires my music,” he tells AAHH. True, the young rapper is a lot less about the more sinister/violent trap existence, which he may very well have ties to, and more so about the money that comes with it.
His age and his approachable appearance may have a lot to do with his recent popularity. “Whenever I go out people I don’t even know recognize me and come up to talk to me or start playing my music,” he says, “and this is only the beginning.”
With a small catalog, a mere 11 songs in length, he’s managed to get the ball rolling with the help of some über wavy production and butter flows. His most popular track, “Expensive Taste,” is a bassy track perfect for windows down on a summer evening as you roll past a sleepy downtown metropolitan en route to your Shorty’s house. “I’m just a young man feeling like an OG,” he laments on the song’s second verse.
He also has a record going at major label viral star Lil’ Pump — and it sounds mad personal, with an underlining see you when I see you tone. He takes particular aim at the fact that he doesn’t live the life he “raps” about; further exposing himself to potential scrutiny. What are the root of his issues with Pump? “I paid him $1000 for a feature back in January — before he blew up,” he explains. Ultimately, he never delivered. “Our whole converstion is still there in my messages … and I have screenshots of all of it.”
This makes me accept his authenticity even more so.
“My biggest influence to start rapping was Lil Uzi,” he admits. “Watching him come up since 2015 inspired me … and Big Pun is an influence for me to write better bars.” The latter influence is admirable and demonstrates his willingness to take this (culture) seriously.
So, what’s his endgame? “My goals in the industry are to start doing full-length projects and get my music out to as many new people as I can,” he notes, confidently. “What’s next is for me is to start writing more and spending more time in the studio … now that I’ve started to have the success, I take this much more seriously.
He’s currently working on his debut mixtape, Bankrolls, which is due out this Fall. For now, check out what the Connecticut (t)rapper has to offer.