Songs with diverse genres, from indie to hip hop, make up the top charts nowadays. And the charts are ever-changing. Emerging artists lists also boast new names regularly. One such emerging star is Robert Bellamy Jr., who is better known by his stage name Yung Swagg.
Born on August 7, 1993, Swagg is from Washington, DC, which is also the home of the legendary rapper Wale. He is a rapper and a songwriter and can credit his skills to the years he has spent making music and expressing himself through his choice of art. He started his craft at a very young age. At eight years old, we probably spent most of our free time running around the house or playing with mud. Meanwhile, Swagg was already writing music.
It is not surprising, then, that when he released his debut mixtape, The Arrival, it shot to the top of Spinrilla. Making itself known to the music industry in 2016, the mixtape consists of 12 songs that immediately garnered accolades from listeners. Swagg’s talent for rapping and songwriting shone through, and he has continued to release great songs since then. In addition, he is also known for his single, Better Days, and is featured in various other releases from other hip hop artists.
More noteworthy than Swagg’s song and album accomplishments is the representation he brings to the music industry. We turn to songs and other forms of media to feel less alone and establish a connection with the world and the people in it. Amidst the challenges we face in our lives, we hope to find someone that understands us and can inspire us to move forward. Swagg serves as that inspiration to people worldwide, especially to African Americans.
And he also represents people with disabilities who may hold misconceptions and doubts about their capacity to break through the barriers stopping them from pursuing their dreams. Swagg is one of the only disabled mainstream rap artists in the industry. He sports a prosthetic leg due to an amputation at birth. He knows what it means to discover your passion, find your niche, and not let anything get in your way. For Swagg, hip hop and music are where his heart is. And he is thriving where he currently is.
With tens of thousands of followers across his social media platforms and thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify, Swagg is indeed proving to be a rising star in the industry. His artistry as a rapper and hip hop singer is impeccable. And the mastery with which he crafts his songs brightly shines in his latest release, Loan. Loan came out in February 2020, boasting a memorable hook, suave beat, and a well-paced rap that invites the listeners to hit the replay button again and again.
The rest of Swagg’s discography holds the same excellence that characterizes Loan. It is truly an experience to listen to his tunes. Having discovered his sound, Swagg can also be distinguished from other rappers in the genre, and listeners will surely recognize any future music from Swagg for the quality it brings.