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Birth nameLawrence Allen Swoope II
Born (1986-04-02) April 2, 1986 (age 37)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
Years active2010–present
  • Collision (2009–2016)
  • Independent (2016–present)

Lawrence Allen Swoope II, mononymously-known as Swoope, (born April 2, 1986) is an American hip hop Christian singer-songwriter and producer born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He was a member of the rap collective W.L.A.K. and High Society with Sho Baraka.


Swoope was born Lawrence Allen Swoope II on April 2, 1986, in Akron, Ohio.[1] His mother, Diana Lynn Swoope (née, Cook), was the Pastor for Arlington Church of God, also in Akron.[2][3] His father is Lawrence Allen Swoope I.


His career started off in 2010 with the release of the EP Applause Vol. 1 and the single "Actions Speak Louder". On April 24, 2011, Swoope released an EP entitled Spring Fling. On June 15, 2011, he released Spring Fling Instrumentals. On February 8, 2012, Swoope released the EP Boys R Us. His debut studio album, entitled "Wake Up," was released on March 20, 2012, with Collision Records. His Sinema album was released on August 5, 2014, also with Collision Records.[4] He also independently released two mixtapes, "The Zoo" and "A.I.R.: The Abstract Intellect Revolution" After the release of Sinema, Swoope followed up with a free EP on October 10, 2014, called "Because You Asked."[5] On February 5, 2016, it was announced that Swoope had left Collision Records.[6] He then independently released Sonshine on February 2, 2018.[7] The album went through three iterations where Swoope dealt with depression and his thoughts as a black man in America before finding new meaning and hope in his faith.

Swoope's song "Beauty and the Beast" was made the iTunes Single of the Week[8] for the week of August 5, 2014.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[9]
Wake Up 10 6 31 23
  • Released: August 5, 2014
  • Label: Collision
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55 3 1 6 4
  • Released: February 2, 2018
  • Label: Native No./Empire
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13 24


  1. ^ "Lawrence Allen Swoope (b. 1986)". Ohio Birth Records. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Swoope. "Swoope". Collision Records. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  3. ^ @MrSwoope (April 2, 2014). "I sincerely appreciate all of the numerous birthday wishes! Excited about what the year ahead holds. Let's make it a good one!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 17, 2014 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Swoope to Release 'Sinema' August 5th, Tracklisting Revealed". 15 July 2014.
  5. ^ @MrSwoope (10 October 2014). "Ladies and Gentlemen, Free EP "Because You Asked".Enjoy :" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 October 2014 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Daniels, David (5 February 2016). "Swoope and Collision Records separate, both parties offer statements". Rapzilla. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  7. ^ "Swoope Drops New Album 'Sonshine,' Visual For "Hall Of Fame"". Jam the Hype. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Billboard. "Swoope Chart History". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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