The career trajectory of MTV News executive producer and on-air correspondent Sway Calloway has been an amazing one.
Tonight at 11pm EST, Sway will be a guest on BET’s late night program “The Monique Show” hosted by the comedienne of the same namesake. Joining Sway on the program is New York MC Saigon, who just this year finally released his long-anticipated debut The Greatest Story Never Told. An appreciative Sway had this to say about Monique’s inclusion of he and Saigon to her set. “It’s exciting to be on Monique’s show. She is one of the most sincere and positive forces in the business. I appreciate how she supports the underdog without any strings attached. Saigon is an artist that otherwise wouldn’t be given the chance,” said the Oakland native.
Beginning as a rapper and b-boy in the late 80s Sway, alongside friend DJ King Tech, formed a duo and eventually released a major label album Concrete Jungle in 1990 – however, they had their musical career suddenly morph into the world of broadcast radio at the well-known KMEL station in the Bay Area as a result of their musical success.
Their program, “The Wake Up Show”, became one of the most famous radio programs that focused primarily on hip hop – eventually expanding into the Los Angeles and Chicago markets. Another fun fact: known lyrically sharp MCs Chino XL, Ras Kass and a young Eminem all made their debut on Sway and Tech’s show.
Sway and Tech released two gold selling albums after their 1990 debut but Sway’s path took an even larger swing. Joining MTV’s staff in 2000, which also forced an amicable relocation of “The Wake Up Show” out east, Sway’s affable reporting style and encyclopedic knowledge of Hip-Hop and music translated well from his radio booth days to the world of live television. During this time Sway and Tech released several volumes of their “The Wake Up Show” freestyles as mixtapes, featuring a long list of famous names in the realm of hip hop. Sway’s most notable work at MTV includes coverage of the careers of artists ranging from Eminem to Jay-Z, to 50 Cent to Kanye West.
Sway has also been associated with President Barack Obama at the height of his presidency and post.