Volume 47, Number 5 - October 19, 2009

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Shwayze (Left) and Cisco (Right) at beach
Shwayze (Left) and Cisco (Right) at the beach.

‘Boy You Crazy, Nah I’m Shwayze’

By Rebeka Silva

Shwayze (Left) and Cisco (Right) posing for photoshoot
Shwayze (Left) and Cisco (Right) posing for photo shoot.

Shwayze is dropping his second album, Let It Beat, on Oct. 27 and it’s filled with blissfully lazy and monotonous sunshine grooves that are all about weed and women.

Shwayze, a 22-year-old hip-hop artist and former Starbucks employee, isn’t the only one to thank for the mellow melodies; Cisco Adler, former front man for the band Whitestarr, worked with Shwayze on all the tracks. Together they accomplish a hippy hip-hop kind of sound.

Adler co-wrote all of the songs on the album, producing and providing backing vocals along the way.

“We made the record at his house,” Shwayze said. “We wanted to see where it would take us and it took us around the world.”

The new album is versatile in sound; it has the normal feel good music but it also has dance, hip-hop and pop tracks.

According to Shwayze, Let It Beat isn’t just another summer feel good record like his previous recordings.

“It’s versatile and I feel incredible about it,” Shwayze said.

When asked what his favorite track on the new album was, Shwayze had a difficult time choosing just one.

“Aw man, that’s tough!” he said, laughing. “Asking me to pick a favorite song is like asking a parent who’s your favorite child. They’re all my babies, you know?”

Among his favorites were “Dirty Lil Girl”, “Living It Up” featuring Snoop Dogg and “Crazy 4 You” featuring The Cars.

The first single off the second album, “Get U Home”, was featured in the soundtrack for “Sorority Row”. Shwayze and Adler were lucky enough to have the cast of “Sorority Row” appear in their slasher themed music video. In the video, the girls were all taken one by one from a party as Shwayze and Adler are performing on stage.

“It was a great tie in with the movie and the song,” Shwayze said. “And we got the same director from the movie for our video, so it was dope.”

Shwayze isn’t only busy with the new album; he’s trying to keep up with the fans, too.

A new iPhone application, which was released on Sept. 15, is free and gives you the most recent updates on all things Shwayze.

Users will be the first to know about new videos, new songs, and show dates.

“I love music and I love to keep in touch with my fans so get the iPhone so we can keep in touch!” Shwayze said.

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