Sway SXSW Takeover 2016: Austin Cypher Day 1

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Austin, Texas showed up and showed out with incredible love as we took over the YouTube Music Space for a special two day live Sway in the Morning broadcast #SwaySXSW style. At every music festival, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of hungry MCs walking around as if venues equal a jungle and they’re looking for every opportunity to eat. SXSW is no different when it comes to that true hunger and what better place to lyrically feast than right here in the land of the HYEEENAS!

Both days brought some incredible moments and memories that will last forever in the minds/hearts of these artists, take a look below as we showcase some of the talent hidden in Austin during #SwaySXSW. The rules were simple: bring 16 Grade A bars and don’t disappoint Heather B.

Yung Citizen (@YungCitizen), from Charlotte started things off as our first MC and also his first time EVER entering a cypher. What a way to start! His DJ, @ncdjsircharles, followed up before @piff_thedragon set the stage on fire to get the crowd warmed up. Next we got a little knowledge before @SheikhaliMusic “took a shot like Reggie“. That hyena hunger continued to show as @BJsBackyard came straight from the 9-5 in work clothes to give our Austin crowd the business. When you think of quotables, our next MC @HakimDough definitely had one of the most memorable having everyone crying from laughter.

Check out the early #SwaySXSW cypher below:

The second round of Austin MCs was led by one of their own, @JustGift, who fired off a dope acapella showing the potential to be a real hyena. Things took a connecting trip to Jersey by way of @SmithRushTV before we got an interesting show from Young Tesque. Seems like almost every region made an appearance as some Miami heat hit the #SwaySXSW stage courtesy of @PrezP_BeCampin. Last but not least was another Austin native @otc3music who finds a comfort between the Fugees and the Black Eyed Peas.

Check out the part two of our cypher below:

As the time came to an end, there were still a large number of hungry MCs that hadn’t made it to the stage yet so what else is there to do except open up more room for what truly matters….BARS! This last group showed us exactly what it looks like when the opportunity comes up and you’re prepared to go on the spot aka when Rappers actually RAP.

Check it out below:

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