Since 2008, Shwayze and the summer season have become synonymous. With the Billboard Top 20 hits "Buzzin" & "Corona and Lime" people have fallen in love with Shwayze's breezy melodies and his smooth rhymes. In July of this year, Shwayze will be releasing his next project, appropriately titled "King of the Summer" with the single of the same name dropping June 23 rd . Shwayze released his self-titled debut album in 2008 through Geffen/Suretone Records, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Charts and was #3 on Billboard’s Rap Album Chart. The album was the first of many collaborations with songwriter & producer Cisco Adler. The hit single off the album “Buzzin,” gained worldwide popularity. Following the success of their first album, Shwayze and Cisco released two more albums together; 2009’s edgy, experimental electro-rock release “Let It Beat,” which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart, and the more contemporary “Island In The Sun,” which came out in 2011 and debuted at #2 on the iTunes Pop Chart.
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, rapper Lute (born Luther Nicholson) first burst onto the underground hip-hop scene as a member of the rap collective Forever FC, alongside Jimmy Kelso, High I’m Ry, and SchylerChaise. Lute delivered his first solo mixtape, West 1996, in 2012 while still a member of Forever FC, but took a backseat after the birth of his daughter. With the group and Lute receiving plaudits from the likes of Rick Ross and Pete Rock, it wasn’t long before he was snapped up by J. Cole in 2015, signing to his then burgeoning label Dreamville. His first effort for the label dropped at the end of that year on the compilation Revenge of the Dreamers, Vol. 2, with his track “Still Slummin'” a posthumous production by J. Dilla. Two years later, the single “Juggin'” appeared and signaled Lute’s return. His proper debut album, West 1996, Vol. 2 followed. ~ Rich Wilson
NANCE has created a buzz by landing openings for popular hip-hop artists such as Action Bronson, MGK, KYLE, Mobb Deep, Caskey, SonReal, Chevy Woods, Mike Stud, Kooley High, and the list goes on. He has also performed up and down the east coast and touches the festival stages at Hopscotch 2016 and Packapalooza 2016 in Raleigh, A3C 2016 in Atlanta, and Art of Cool 2017 in Durham, With the creation of his merchandise brand “Nance & Company”, he has collaborated with the Charlotte, NC based clothing line/charitable organization “For Those” to help raise money for kids suffering from congenital heart disease. NANCE has also used his talents to collaborate and raise money for the “Embrace Uganda” charity, by performing at their “Save a Child” event.
Jackie Spade uses his distinctive southern style to echo his life experiences. Growing up in Kinston, North Carolina, a city where poverty and violence often overshadows the incredible talent it breeds, only caused Jackie to be more determined to alter the course of his life and of those affiliated with him. After graduating high school he attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During Jackie’s time at UNC-P he discovered his talent as a lyricist and after two years of studies he decided to pursue this new passion full-time. In 2015 Jackie dropped a mixtape full of remixes over some of the industry’s major artists such as Carolina native J. Cole’s “Tale of Two Cities” and ASAP Rocky’s “Pretty Flacko Joyde 2.” Later in 2015, appreciative and humbled by the feedback of his fans and the support of his family, Jackie entered BET’s Hot 16 contest and earned a spot in the 2015 Hip Hop Cypher along with an invitation to the BET Hip Hop awards!