When: Sat., June 13, 10 p.m. 2015
As a young songwriter growing up in Tacoma, two major forces influenced Clemm Rishad’s music. His father was a pastor, and his religious devotion sunk into Rishad — but so did his brother’s rough-and-tumble reputation on the streets of his hometown. That dichotomy finds its way into Rishad’s rhymes (you can hear a free mixtape at ClemmRishad.com), and his flow certainly owes a debt to both Kanye West and Jay-Z as well. While Rishad’s solo music is just starting to get heard, chances are good you’ve heard some of his music already; Rishad was a co-writer of Nicki Minaj’s “Fly,” earning a Grammy nomination for the effort. His own music, though, will be the focus at the Swaxx anniversary party on Saturday.