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There have been famous husband and wife collaborations but you would be hard pressed to think of a contemporary hip-hop duo and so the huge talents of Nadirah X and Swish are indeed setting a benchmark.
Benchmark aside the duo have set their sights on bringing their collaborative talents and influences to a wider audience while losing none of their individual talents.
Nadirah X is an immense artist/rapper/poet in her own right whose influences are steeped in a rich tapestry ranging from seminal musical artists like Queen Latifah and Salt n Peppa to socially aware and immortal symbols of change like Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey but as she states: “I heard Black Hand Side from the Black Reign album and I was hooked".
On the back of such a colourful tapestry, in 2011 she dropped her critically acclaimed album Ink , on Dave Stewart’s label Weapons of Mass Entertainment. It was an album that brought influences of her birth country Jamaica while still being a hip-hop album where she spoke words of poignancy and power beguiling listeners with her insights. It was the power of her words that actually enticed Dave Stewart (formerly of the hugely influential Eurythmics)to sign her and since then work with names like Jimmy Cliff, Harry Belafonte, Mick Jagger and Joss Stone has followed.
Significantly production on Ink also featured her husband Swish and this was just a taster of things to come.
Swish’s production stands out for clean beats which are hip-hop without delving into that over-used sound which has proliferated commercial hip-hop-Swish is evidently years ahead in terms of production.
Swish born and raised in Mississippi can count that unique production to a childhood built on an ensemble of genres ranging from Baroque, Romantic, Classical to Gospel, Jazz, Soul, and Blues. He’s much in demand and work with Bishop Lamont is the tip of a serious cv from the man whose influences range from the brilliant Donny Hathaway to the excellent pianist Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff.
So now the two have embarked on their first album as Mr and Mrs and the project promises to be a magical meeting of talents and minds that completely ignores that dance/hip-hop formula that is popular today-the new formula is an oscillation between old skool influences while still being essentially futuristic-dark overtones (without being oppressive) and powerful sixteens that have the ability to transport you through time and space whilst allowing Nadirah and Swish to really say something-after all hip-hop was built on history of saying something to the masses.
On Everything which has a brilliantly atmospheric and simple video will be the first single off the album but also look out for Sucka Emcees it’s immense in every sense of the word.
Mr and Mrs are box-fresh like a limited edition new pair of sneakers-are you ready to try something new?!
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