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Name: Will Swanson “NiQ”
Age: 23

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Will Swanson is not a drug dealer turned rapper. He didn’t make street violence his mantra, or claim it as the one thing he knew growing up in the hood. He hasn’t been shot and he doesn’t have a history of blatantly disrespecting women. So if you were looking for your “classic” crack-to-riches rap story, you haven’t found it. NiQ is no stereotype - but after you hear his flows, it won’t matter to you either way.

There is nothing cliché about Swanson, the honest rapper. As his stage name ‘NiQ’, (short for unique) implies, everything about this Midwestern rhymester is original. From his flow, to his lyrics, to his style, you definitely have not heard or seen this before.

NiQ’s story began as a young man, where he would come up with the rhymes, and his brother would make the beats, but NiQ’s attention was elsewhere. In his early days, with his mind on chasing the money, it didn’t look as though rap was going to be a realistic career option for Swanson. He decided to enter the job market full time, and began a successful career in sales at 18.

In the turmoil of the last year, a collapsing economy and housing market cost NiQ his corner office job as a mortgage salesman. With nowhere else to turn, Swanson looked inside and has once again found his one true love: making rap music.

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