ToD Feature: Swamdom of AWDEM


Steven Hammond aka Swamdom was born in Wilmington, Delaware and is now residing in Charlotte, NC. He is the core member of a rap collective by the name of AWDEM. Last December, he released his mixtape, Swamdom The Last Human Hope, featuring members and production of AWDEM. The tape has a conscious vibe filled with elevated messages and dope beats. Below you will be able to hear the project but first you will get to have an inside look into Swamdom’s mind.

1. When did you start rapping and why?

I started rapping and taking it seriously about 4 years ago but I’ve been playing around with it since I was 7. I started rapping because I’ve always loved hip-hop. Music is meant to have a message that can help people, and I believe I can do that through my music.

2. Why the name Swamdom? 

To be honest, I couldn’t think of a name at first. So I pulled a Gambino and went on the Wu-Tang name generator. It originally gave me “Amateur Swami” but after some research on the name “Swami” I decided to give that name a nick name. So the birth of Swamdom was completed.

3. What differences in location do you see from DE to NC? How have you experienced growth from your move?

I wasn’t in DE long enough to notice any growth. I left when I was four, but I do tend to visit every so often. Charlotte and Wilmington are two completely different places. The atmospheres are different. It really feels like home (DE). Whereas living in Charlotte, I feel restricted a bit. Seeing that I’m not nationally known yet, I can’t reach out my farthest to the areas I’d like to.

4. How would you describe your music?

I don’t mean to sound cliche, but I describe my music as different. It’s me, if I could be my own genre. It just so happens that a lot of my influences growing up were 90’s boom bap and traditional, so that tends to show in my work.

5. How did you begin AWDEM? Where did you meet all the members?

Its crazy. All of the members in AWDEM went to Independence High School with me. It started as just a group of people who would talk about music around a lunch table on a daily basis. Now, we’re a full collective.

6. Why did you all decide to be in a group instead of staying solo?

I decided to stay with the collective because I knew that a lot of knowledge could be passed around between us all. So we’d all end up helping each other to the top instead of me struggling to get up there by myself.

7. What is the most difficult thing about being in a group?

I’d probably have to say not always seeing eye to eye, but it usually gets resolved.

8. What’s next for you? Any group projects coming along?

Right now, I have an EP that comes out on July 12th. I’m working on a show with some of the core AWDEM members sometime in August.

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years in terms to music?

In five years, I see myself on the red carpet in some boxers with a tank top, some tube socks, some flip flops, a braid down the center of my head with a big ass bowl of cereal. Think of ODB. Hopefully by then, I’ll be hanging with the people I look up to in the industry. Shout out to Kendrick, Ezzy, Vic, Chance, and Kanye.

10. What is one thing you would like to give back to the community?

I’d like to give back the time and support I get from parts of the city. I’d like to still work with Charlotte if I had the chance to of course.

Follow Swamdom on Twitter.

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