There doesn’t seem to be anything that is beyond Swayyvo’s reach. The Chattanooga-based rapper, producer and saxophonist is on a one-man mission to prove that the distance between genres is practically non-existent. His work spans various aesthetics, though he does generally uses hip-hop as his primary means of musical revelation. But it’s the way he incorporates various rhythmic elements into this blueprint of sounds which makes his work so remarkable and memorable. It’s less a display of linear hip-hop and more an avant amalgam of dramatic musical influence and intense personal experience.
On recent single, “Sho Nuff,” he teams up with musician-producer Jon O’Hara to create a series of fluid grooves and impulsive vocal melodies. As always, Swayyvo’s distinct meter and flow is instantly recognizable, an irrepressible presence that acts as a celestial guardian for the music that unfolds in front of us. As beats ebb and flow inside your head, you can also hear the keys roll and dissolve into a gauzy atmosphere of half-heard rhythms and disintegrating tonalities. Harmonizing voices echo in the background as he lays out his lyrical bluster and rhetoric alongside synthetic plinks and affecting arrangements.
Released as part of his “Flocktober” series — which includes “Zone,” “Heaven on Earth (remix)” and “Never Trust” — this track represents the continued development of his abilities as an artist who is able to see past the usual assumptions concerning hip-hop and its associated sub-genres. He’s able to combine aspects of jazz, hip-hop, soul, R&B, pop and electronic music into a coherent and evocative blend of textures and timbres, all coiled up inside his own fiery sense of self-expression. “Sho Nuff” is a volatile and complicated look into his psyche, and it’s also a banger that’ll turn any room into a club.