Swing Mob

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Swing Mob
FounderDeVante Swing
Distributor(s)Elektra Records
(In the US)
Polydor Records
(Outside of the US)
Country of originUnited States

Swing Mob (sometimes known as Da Bassment Cru) was an R&B/hip hop collective consisting of artists and/or record labels first discovered by Jodeci member DeVante Swing. The artists on Swing Mob included: Missy Elliott with the group Sista, Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, Playa, Darryl Pearson, Tweet with the group Sugah, Majik, Jimmy Douglass, Stevie J., Maija Max, Bazaar Royale and Chad "Dr. Seuss" Elliot among others, although all official members had never been confirmed. A list of some known artists in Swing Mob at the time of the group's activity can be found in the liner notes of Jodeci's third studio album, The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel.

After Swing Mob[edit]

Swing Mob folded in 1995, with a variety of reasons being attributed. According to Smoke E. Digglera of Playa, the artists were forced to choose whether they wanted to be signed directly to Def Jam or through Swing Mob, causing a question of loyalty to arise amongst members. After Swing Mob folded, the artists continued to collaborate and brought new members in, such as Skillz and Nicole Wray later on.

The post-Swing Mob collective was informally called Da Bassment during the late 1990s. Elliott runs an Elektra Records-distributed label called Goldmind Records, and in 2000 Timbaland started an Interscope Records distributed label called Beat Club Records which has since folded. Timbaland started a new Interscope Records distributed label now called Mosley Music Group. After Playa broke up, member Static Major found mainstream success in writing songs for other artists including Swing Mob alumni Aaliyah (Try Again, Are You That Somebody?), Pretty Ricky (Your Body), and Lil Wayne's #1 hit song "Lollipop," before his untimely death in 2008. Various songs of Swing Mob's early work has been leaked including a "Demo Tape" under the name Da Bassment Cru which mainly consists of low-quality demos and unreleased songs by Swing Mob artists, including an unreleased Jodeci song.


Elliott and Timbaland - along with the remaining Swing Mob members Playa and Ginuwine - started a spin-off musical collective called the Superfriends.[1][2][3] Members also included Nicole Wray, Tweet, Magoo and Aaliyah.[4]


Da Bassment[edit]

  • 1993: Da Bassment Cru (Swing Mob/EastWest)



  • 1997: Untitled Album (unreleased) (Swing Mob)

Mad Skillz[edit]

Missy Elliott[edit]





Mr. Dalvin[edit]

Maija Max[edit]

  • 1985: Mad Artist From Jamaica (As Mad Max) (Mad Antics)
  • 1990: Mad Max (As Mad Max) (Waste Managements/Mad Antics)
  • 1994: Ring The Alarm (As Maxamillion w/Soul Thrillers) (Swing Mob/Waste Management/Mad Antics/Dajhelon)
  • 1995: Lick Me Up (As Maxamillion) (Swing Mob/Waste Management/Mad Antics/Dajhelon)
  • 1998: Madaseva (As Maija Max) (Mad Antics)
  • 2000: Finally (As Maija Max) (Mad Antics)
  • 2001: Maximum Niceness (As Maija Max w/Crew 2000:10) (Mad Antics)
  • 2003: 2000:10 Mixtape (As Maija Max w/Crew 2000:10) (Mad Antics)
  • 2005: Maximize This Moment (As Maija Max) (Mad Antics)
  • 2007: Blue Eyed Bandit (As Maija Max) (Mad Antics)
  • 2009: God Is Watching Over Me (As King Solomon The Son Of David) (Mad Antics)
  • 2011: Str88 From Da Ghetgo (As Maija Max) (Mad Antics)

Renee Anderson[edit]

  • 1995: Untitled Album (unreleased) (Dajhelon/MCA/EMI/Swing Mob)

Bazaar Royale[edit]

  • 1995: Untitled Album (As Da Boogieman)(unreleased) (Swing Mob)
  • 2003: What's It All For? (Def Jam/Ruff Ryders/Bloodline)



  1. ^ Carlos, Marjon. "Missy Elliott tops iTunes charts after killing it at the Super Bowl". fusion.net. Fusion Media Network. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  2. ^ Higgins, Keenan. "Timbaland Surprises Shaggfest With Missy Elliott & Magoo". vibe.com. Spin Media. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  3. ^ Hobbs, Linda (December 2008). One In A Million (Paperback ed.). Vibe Magazine. p. 113. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  4. ^ "Nicole Wray's Debut Album "Make It Hot" – An In Depth Look at the Creation of This R&B Gem". youknowigotsoul.com. You Know I Got Soul. Retrieved 2018-01-26.

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