E-Swift, Hip-Hop Producer for Tha Alkaholiks, Raps About His New TAPCO S-8 Studio Monitors

Since the early ’90s, Eric E. Brooks a.k.a. E-Swift, has been heavily involved in the hip-hop music scene. Starting out as a DJ in Los Angeles with a remarkable collection of records, E-Swift connected with J-Ro and Tash, who joined forces in 1992 to form one of the most successful hip-hop groups of recent years, Tha Alkaholiks. Over the last decade, Tha Alkaholiks have been a constant fixture in both the commercial and underground Rap scene worldwide, and E-Swift has turned his focus from DJ to Producer extraordinaire.
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Working out of his studio in LA, E-Swift recently incorporated a pair of TAPCO S-8 Active Studio Monitors into his production arsenal. “Oh man, before I even heard them I took them out of the box and just admired them for a while,” confessed Swift. “The first thing that came to my mind was how good looking they are. The design of the cabinetry is so smooth yet tough. I just knew they would sound great too.”

For the past seven months, E-Swift has been in the studio working hard on the fifth installment in Tha Alkaholiks discography, Firewater, which is tentatively planned for a May 2005 release. “I’ve been using the S-8s for most of my mixing and pre-production,” noted Swift. “These speakers are really dope. The sound is punchy and clear, not muddy at all. I like the bottom end too, it’s not too overwhelming.”

“The volume capabilities are great too,” continued Swift “Sometimes speakers peak too early, but the S-8’s are so durable you can just kind of beat ‘em up.”

Tha Alkaholiks are famed for their headline performances in the alternative and extreme sports world, including numerous stints on the Warped Tour and SnoCore Tour. Working with such hip-hop moguls as Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, Kurupt, The Neptunes, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Q-Tip, Nas and the late greats Ol' Dirty Bastard and Notorious BIG, E-Swift has had a tremendous career and plans to stay in the game for many years to come.

“I’m working on so much lately, it’s crazy. Right now I’m putting together a series of “super groups,” combining current members from groups like Goody Mobb, Wu-Tang, and Organized Confusion,” revealed Swift. “I really just want to add a little spice and variety to the hip-hop industry in 2005. No doubt I’ll be in the studio a lot this year, and will continue to use the S-8’s for all my upcoming projects. They are just the right kind of speaker for me.”

For more information about Tapco, check out www.tapcogear.com. For more on Tha Alkaholiks, check out http://www.thaalkaholiks.com/.