Obasi Jackson’s new single “Swing It” puts raspy drill vocals over an R&B sample from “Exchange,” off Bryson Tiller’s Trap Soul (2015). While his last song was more conscious, this single fits in perfectly with today’s hip-hop by combining trap, drill, and R&B. The song is meant to be a visual of Obasi’s relationship with the music industry through the lens of an intimate relationship.
“Turn on the camera we doing something exotic, she taking pictures on my phone, shes getting naughty, look she got a body like a goddess, swing it my way”
Obasi Jackson doesn’t want to talk about picking up where his brother Pop Smoke left off. When we interviewed Obasi Jackson over a year ago, he described experiencing some weird vibes from others in the music industry after the death of his brother. The life of superstar recording artist Pop Smoke, will be celebrated in just about three weeks, on the anniversary of his death: February 19th. With or without the support of the music industry, Obasi has continued developing as his own artist by exploring different sounds and collaborations.
To get a sense of his versatility, listen to “What It Is?”, which is genuinely an R&B song. Or you may try “Need Your Love”, where he sings over afrobeats melodies. “Swing It” is a bit more gritty and fits in with the culture of sampling perfected in many modern drill songs coming out of New York.
“Swing It” is available on all streaming platforms. Check it out here.