At the tender age of 18 Yung Swiss packed his bags and left home to pursue his dream with no clue on exactly how he’d go about it. He hustled his way up the ranks and things started taking off for when he collaborated with Reason on a song called ‘I LOVE IT’. Thereafter ‘David Genaro’ was the track responsible for his blow up thanks to a little help from Rhythm City when they made it their soundtrack and at just 22 he was already receiving an abundance of attention. But the icing on the cake was his contribution on DJ Speedsta’s MAYO, a song we’re still jamming to today and will be for a very long time.
You’re a versatile artist but would you describe yourself as hook a maker or straight forward rapper?
It’s not easy to put me in a box; whenever i get in studio I just do whatever I feel like doing. It’s always different. I always try to be different because i don’t want people to get bored of sound which is why I always try and create something new. I explore and I’m not afraid to take risks.
You’re most known for the David Genaro song and DJ Speedsta’s MAYO track. With regards to the hook in Mayo did you come up with it on your on what was the process like?
Yes I did. I always take my time with the hook because I know it’s the most important part of the song. If the hook is good whatever comes after it will follow suit; the verse is just a plus. With Mayo I was sitting with the song for like 3 weeks not knowing exactly what to do with it. So off the top I started with a freestyle and it took me like a minute max and I didn’t really think it was going to be a hit. But one day I heard Speedsta saying he wants a song so I gave it to him and he saw the vision man, he made it happen.
When you listen to other songs being dropped now, at this current moment do you feel like that the game is lacking creativity?
I definitely feel like some rappers in South Africa are limiting themselves to a certain sound, you already know what to expect when you listen to them. I don’t wanna trash talk anyone but when I listen to a few tracks today, I already know what to expect. Like who’s going to bring something different? Who’s gonna start a new wave that? Mayo took people by surprise and I’ve never heard anything like it before and that’s what i personally like about myself. Some Artist in South Africa are definitely limiting themselves.
The artists you choose to surround yourself around include the likes of Reason, DJ Speedsta and more. Are you looking to expand your surroundings in terms of your content?
I won’t lie; I wouldn’t even say that’s my surrounding. Thos e are definbitely the OGs that helped me get i don’t chill with on a daily basis. I learn and im inspired by them . I make music with them so we have a business relationship. Mayo has brought me closer to the likes of Speedsta, Shane Eagle, Frank Casino and so on but I don’t really have a circle right now.
Does your upcoming EP have a lot of features or are you mostly working by yourself?
I didn’t wanna invite too many people on the EP because I want my fans to get to know me as an artist. But i definitely went for the big features just so they could give me that push. I went for K.O and Cassper Nyovest. But that’s who you can expect in the EP.
What’s the relationship between you and Thabiso from cashtime, are you with Cashtime?
I have a management deal with Cashtime Life.
Do you have any upcoming videos dropping soon?
Yes, we shooting the video for ‘The High’ next week and it should drop with the EP.
Since entering the game what’s the one thing that’s surprised you about the industry you’re in?
I didn’t exepct rappers to be so caked up, like rappers are eating now. I know some rappers that were struggling and taking taxis but now these rappers are buying Bentleys and featuring international artist. I feel like we’ve grown so much and all thanks to OG’s for raising the bar
Have you always been a hip-hop head, what did you grow up listening to?
Its’ quite funny, when my friends were listening to Papoose and Big-L, I was listening to Malaika. The closest thing to Hip-hop I was listening to was Akon and he wasn’t even a rapper. But I think that influenced my sound, all those different elements are injected in my soul and it helped make me different. I only started liking hip-hop when I was in Grade 9, I started paying attention to it and i started writing my own stuff. I bought my first mic and recorded my stuff at home and I’ve been working hard since then.
What are you currently listening to in terms of SA hip-hop?
Nasty C – Bad Hair, a track from A-Reece’s album, AKA and MA-E, I really like their sound.
Do you feel safer being in the hip-hop industry now with all the deals and money artists are making nowadays as opposed to 5 years ago?
Definitely, I feel like we’re in great space right now and the fact that people keep scooping these big deals is opening doors for others. Brands see your worth now. I’m really happy with where the game is at now.