Darin Swain better known as Philly Swain was born in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, on September 2nd, 1984. Swain remembers seeing rappers in the late 80s looking and dressing like hustlers. Even though he knew being a hustler was of limits, rap wasn’t. Being musically inclined, Swain did his first show for a promoter at the age of six and he loved Swains swagger. Swain spent most of his time as a kid playing inner city basketball. And in south west Philadelphia is a street ball legend. Then as a teenager, Swain was known for winning and being undefeated during his high school competitions at the local YMCAs where schools from all across the city attended. In the year 2000 Swain performed in shows with The Brat, Master P, Trina, and Missy Elliot. In April of 2002, Swain signed with a local label named, Take Down Records, owned by the now infamous Alton “Ace Capone” Coles. Swain performed at the Spectrum along with Jay-Z, Lil-Mo, State Property, Dip set, Clipse and Fabulous. Unfortunately due to legal issues, Swains album was postponed until his release. On Swains return from a three year term of incarceration he discovered that the label he was on had been federally indicted.
This did not falter Swain who appeared on 106 and Park months after his return, where he became the first winner from Philadelphia. He also went 31-0 at the Mtv Fight Klub. Swain starred in “Hustle Diaries”, displaying Philly Swain”s life on Take Down Records ( a local record label) . Hustle Diaries was filmed by Viacom and directed by Barry Michael Cooper, writer of New Jack City, Sugar Hill, and Above the Rim. Swain was featured in two songs (Me & Salute) on Jamie Knights Album The Secrets Out Released in the summer of 2007.
In March of 2008 Swain was nominated Philly’s Hip-Hop Artist of the Year! November 2008 when his Grind Time battle premiered on www.worldstarhiphop.com it was viewed over 1,000,000 times in seven days, surpassing the views of BeyoncÈs Single Ladies Video. And totalling over 3.5 million views. Swain also starred in a TV sitcom “The Swagger Family” which aired on FPA ch 10, DCTV, Cox Cable, and Verizon Fios in DC, Philadelphia, and Virginia. He also dropped an Album titled Mr. Philadelphia while upholding his joint venture deal with Sony/Swagger Family/NuGroove in August of 2009. Philly Swain won the Eminem Red Bull Tournament in Philly as the Best M.C. and traveled too Detroit to battle in the final competition for Best Red Bull Freestyle M.C. On October 31, 2010 Philly Swain’s & Alchemist will be dropping a new street mix tape called ” Its Dad ” on iTunes and Philly Swain Records.com.
He continues to Battle and Destroy M.C.’s with www.GrindtimeNow.com and is now also officially the general manager of Grind Time Philadelphia And Swain is currently sponsored b Cult bikes and practicing everyday with hopes of being a big time bmx rider one day. “Even tho i don’t have time to ride as much as i want between , acting classes and musical work i always envision myself riding through the ghettos of any cities i’m in lol “.