“I’m different; swag from another planet.”
—Major Swagg D.Bowman
Coming straight out of Mississippi, the birthplace of rappers like Big Krit and Nate Dogg [RIP], as well as legendary artists like Muddy Waters and B.B King, comes Major Swagg D.Bowman. Growing up in Greenwood in the mid-late 80s, he experienced hip hop culture during its golden era — where he developed a growing love for the genre. It’s a love that swelled and steered the course of his life. He began rapping at the (extremely) early age of 5, imitating artists that he looked up to while simultaneously coming up with flows and rhymes of his own. It wasn’t long before he made the decision to pursue hip-hop as a career; becoming a professional recording artist. His primary influences include, Snoop Dogg, Notorious BIG, 50 cent, and other culturally significant icons in the game.
He’s currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, Hood Superstar: Movie Life: Episode 1. In the meantime, his SoundCloud has gems to get you ready for the drop, and introduce himself as an artist.
From a cadence perspective, Major Swagg is a product of both his era and (geographical) environment. On the song “Ms. Rubberband,” he delivers a stripper anthem that show off his southern flow, while sonically putting me in mind off classic bounce/club records like “Wobble Wobble” or “Back Dat Ass Up,” by the 504 Boyz and Juvenile (respectively). That especially reigns true on his catchy latest record, “Another Planet Remix,” featuring DJ Jay Lang. A reference to the outer worldly twerking ability of an [unnamed] female dancer, the song has spring break and King of Diamonds written all over it.
It’s all about following your calling — and hip-hop has been screaming Major Swagg’s name since he was that little 5-year-old, imitating some of the greatest names in the fabric of our culture. With his upcoming Hood Superstar: Movie Life: Episode 1, he’s hoping to put his stamp on the game, and pay it forward to the genre that’s given him so much. Stay tuned; and
while you wait, you can knock his Lost Tapes, a collection of unreleased freestyles.