@RealSway | My minutes with the #GOAT | @SwaysUniverse @BattleForTheThrone @ImagePRBoutique @DameGrease

All I ever wanted to do was create an outlet for artists to be heard. 

Coming from Massachusetts, I have been surrounded by genuine Hip Hop that has been seemingly unheard by the masses.

Imagine playing ball your whole life and meeting Michael Jordan or rapping forever and landing a sit down with Hov; during SXSW 2018 I met the GOAT in my field, Sway Calloway.

Ali, of Image PR Boutique, was in the process of putting together her 2nd annual, Battle for the Throne, when she told me Sway was set to attend and I realized that I will be in position to meet my idol.

For the longest time, I knew I loved Hip Hop but I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do to contribute to the culture; all I knew was that I loved finding new artists and hearing new voices. Little did I know, I was following a path made possible by Sway.

Way back before the "Sway and King Tech Wake Up Show", Sway was putting in the ground work to get unknown artists heard.

From major FM breakthroughs to MTV to the world famous "Sway in the Morning", kicking it with Sway was like being with a friend I had known for years. Though we are on different levels, our love for Hip Hop is what made us equals.

I was at the event alongside legendary producer, Dame Grease, who was presenting an award to equally as legendary producer, Rick Rock and to hear Sway tell them that they need to get up to New York to "tell their stories", gave me even more hope that my genuine love for the culture will pay off. 

At one point we spotted C-Bo in the crowd and the fact that we had a 2 minute conversation about Bo's legacy, only cemented the fact that Sway is the GOAT in my eyes. He could have brushed me off long before that or like a lot of "Hip Hop Writer/Outlets" had no idea who C-Bo was.

Even though it was a short period of time, being in the presence of greatness like Sway proved to me that I can make it by loving and 
being a fan of Hip Hop by always keeping that the priority. 

Thank You Sway!!


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