Described by some as 'Rap's Best Kept Secret' because of his ongoing impact
behind Hip Hop's closed doors, Swamp Izzo has earned a reputation as one of
the most influential individuals in hip hop. Possessing not only the ear
and ability to predict future hit makers, Izzo has also attained the
resources and following needed to provide artists with the exposure
required to achieve stardom. Swamp's track record includes having
launched the careers of artists such as Gucci Mane, Future, and Young Thug.
He has been Cash Money's official DJ since 2014 and toured with Lil Wayne,
Drake, and Nicki Minaj. He previously served as the official DJ for
President Barack Obama's international military tour. He curates music for
Sirius XM's Hip Hop Nation, Atlanta’s V103 FM and DTLR Radio. These
accomplishments have led to invitations to exclusive six-figure DJ
residencies which Swamp has steadfastly refused, in order remain house DJ
at Atlanta's Blue Flame Lounge, allowing Izzo to track the pulse of the
In an industry so frequently driven by superficial pursuits, Swamp Izzo's
humble and selfless approach has baffled many. Understanding Izzo is only
possible once recognizing how he his driven, not by wealth or fame, but by
a desire to empower deserving artists and guide them in finding their
audiences. Swamps supporting of these artists enables them to avoid the
hardships he had to overcome.
Today, Swamp not only discovers artists but also develops them into stars.
He's been the first to take artists like Gucci Mane on the road for their
initial exposure outside of Atlanta. He's provided creative direction to
artists like Nayvadius Wilburn, who Swamp guided towards his better known
moniker, Future. Swamp also helped Future attain his first paid show, as he
has for countless other Atlanta stars. Swamp regularly acts as A&R,
selecting hits for artists like Young Thug. As seen with Thugger's
'Lifestyle', Swamp is able to use his influence to spread songs
geographically, providing the momentum needed to turn records into national
The reverence todays emerging rappers possess for Swamp is exemplified by
how his newest artist, Toronto rapper Shah, turned down major label record
deals to align himself with Swamp, stating "Swamp is Atlanta's most
powerful cosign. He brings more weight than most labels and managers
combined". While this opinion has long been held in Atlanta and the
Southeast, the fact that Swamp's pull now stretches internationally shows
that 'Rap's best kept secret' might not be a secret much longer.
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