Interviews

Swollen Members' Prevail Talks Addiction, Cryptic Lyrics, and the Brutal Music Industry

It's not in the mainstream that a listener can hear the true heart and soul of rap music. Underground hip-hop musicians are the lifeblood of the genre -- they are the internal organs incumbent on keeping the system alive. It's unfortunate that the genius and devotion of these individuals goes overlooked while someone like Kanye West gets to be the face of the genre, but that's a conversation for another time.

Proud members of the DIY underground movement, the Swollen Members have taken the notion of hip-hop brilliance to a new level. The dynamic group -- consisting of two MCs, Prevail and Madchild, along with DJ/producer Rob the Viking -- redefines what a lyricist and a writer are capable of conveying on track. Madchild's in-your-face vocal bounce can release the demons within, while Prevail puppeteers the entire scene with imagery and layers of subtext as if it were his own magnum opus.

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