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TJ Swan

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TJ Swan[edit]

Tj Swan
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Tj Swan with Fan backstage at Big Daddy Kane 20th Reunion At B.B. King
Background information
Birth nameSt. Theron Grant
Born (1966-12-10) December 10, 1966 (age 54)
South Side Bronx
OriginLong Island, New York, United States
GenresHip HopR&B
Years active1985–present
LabelsCold Chillin’, Prism Records, We R Nationwide
Associated actsJuice Crew
Biz Markie
Big Daddy Kane
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo
Marley Marl
Mr. Magic
Roxanne Shante
LL Cool J

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St. Theron "Swan" Grant (Born December 10, 1966), better known by his stage name Tj Swan , is an American Singer, songwriter, record producer and record label founder, with musical varieties of Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop. Born in South Side Bronx, New York City and raised in Long Island, New York , Swan is known for his hook singing melodies featured on songs like "Nobody Beats The Biz"[1], " Left Me Lonely"[2], and "Make The Music"[3]. Swan was recognized as the original first hook singer for Hip hop music [4] , he influenced artists such as Nate Dogg[5][6][7]. His music influenced artist such as Nas[8] and Kanye West[9][10][11]

Early Life[edit]

Coming from an musical background, Swan was greatly influenced by his parents; His mom was a gospel singer and his dad and uncle were musicians in a blues band . His mother seeing Swan's talents at the early age of 5 years old, she had him perform in front of friends and family. She had Swan study and perform the greats; James Brown, The Jackson 5, Ray Charles, Elton John, The O'Jays, Ohio Players, The Temptations, Otis Redding, Johnny Mathis , Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (band) , Sly and the Family Stone, Doo-wop singers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presley at several Talent shows . On his 12th birthday, Swan's uncle introduced him to instruments by buying him a guitar, from there Swan taught hisself how to play guitar, drums and bongoes . Growing up in the era where Hip hop music was born, Swan picked up rapping, beatboxing and Dj skills, but singing was always his passion. Swan then went on to Five Towns College , where he met his musical partner Biz Markie .



After Swan graduated college, Swan and Biz perfected their craft and signed their first deal with Prism Records and had success charting on Billboard, With the classic hit"Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" well as "Nobody Beats The Biz", "Albee Square Mall"[12]," The Vapors" . Biz and Swan then went to Cold Chillin' Records where they became part of the group founded by Mr. Magic , Juice Crew. Many major labels approached Swan but he decided to sign with Clive Davis new label at the time, Arista Records. Due to a disagreement Swan walked away from his deal and decided to stay on the rode touring.If Swan would have signed the last contract to put out his album, "Have no fear Swan is here," his debut would've been in 1988.


Swan remained writing, producing, managing and promoting for the duration of his career.[13] His writing/co-writing credits include songs " Around the Way Girl" (1990)for LL Cool J and "Boy You Are The One"(1994)[14] For Keita.

Early 2000s[edit]

Swan worked with many artists behind the scenes and remained in the spotlight from 1985 to 2001[15][16]. When his youngest daughter Lael (aka MzApple) was about 5 years old, Swan felt that raising her and being a dedicated stay at home father was more important then being on the rode.


Swan will be dropping the longest debut ever, "The Swanvader Album," which be out in the Spring of 2018. The first single on the album is "U All Know TjSwan" Features Darth Vader "aka D.Vader" which will be available March 2018 everywhere.[17]



Year Single Album
1986 Make the Music With Your Mouth Biz - Biz Markie / The Inhuman Orchestra Goin' Off
1986 Oh Girl Freestyle -Biz Markie[18] N/A
1987 Evolution -Debbie D. / Glamorous / Glamorous / Kool G Rap / Marley Marl / MC Shan[19] N/A
1987 Nobody Beats the Biz feat. Biz Markie N/A
1987 Left Me Lonely feat. MC Shan[20] Down by Law (MC Shan album)
1988 Protection -Big Daddy Kane / Biz Markie N/A
1988 She's Gone -MC Shan Born to Be Wild (album)
1989 Why'd You Have to Go? feat. Craig G The Kingpin (album)
1991 This Is What You Came For - Kid Capri[21] The Tape
1991 Grand imperial - Diamond Shell Grand Imperial Diamond Shell
2000 Make The Music 2000- Rahzel Make the Music 2000
2018 U All Know Tjswan feat D Vader TBA


  1. "Biz Markie Featuring T.J. Swan* - Nobody Beats The Biz". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. "M.C. Shan* Featuring T.J. Swan* - Left Me Lonely". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. "Biz Markie "The Inhuman Orchestra"* Featuring T.J. Swan* - Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. Callwood, Brett (2018-04-17). "Premiere: Strung Out Sing a Requiem". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. "A Tribute To TJ Swan". unkut.com - A Tribute To Ignorance (Remix). Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. "The Search for TJ Swan". unkut.com - A Tribute To Ignorance (Remix). Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. "20 First Moments in Hip-Hop You Should Know - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  8. Nas – Nastradamus, retrieved 2018-03-25
  9. Caramanica, Jon (2008-11-24). "Kanye West's '808s & Heartbreak' Chills on the Frills". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  10. "808s & Heartbreak". Wikipedia. 2018-03-22.
  11. "Kanye". The ZeroLenny Wikia Experience Wiki. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  12. Biz Markie – Albee Square Mall, retrieved 2018-03-22
  13. "TJ Swan". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  14. "Keita (3) - Boy You Are The One". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  15. "Make the Music 2000". Wikipedia. 2018-03-11.
  16. http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "MC Shan Recalls Laughing At Rakim And Squabbin' With LL Cool J, And Exposes The Label And Producer Profiting From His Classic Material". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  17. "T.J.Swan on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  18. xsT2142 (2010-11-29), biz markie - tj swan - big daddy kane - live @ the masonic temple - spring valley NY 1986, retrieved 2018-03-22
  19. MarvellKilla071 (2015-04-08), Juice Crew All Stars - Evolution, retrieved 2018-03-22
  20. "T.J. Swan". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  21. URBBLACKEAGLEBRAGG (2013-01-22), Kid Capri - This Is What You Came For, retrieved 2018-03-22

External links[edit]

  1. Woodstra, Chris; Bush, John; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2008). Old School Rap and Hip-hop. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879309169. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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