Danny Swain wins mtvU-Def Jux contest

For at least the next month, Danny Swain can lay claim to being the big man on campus at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

The aspiring rapper-producer has been chosen as the first winner of a monthly contest from mtvU, MTV's college network, and Definitive Jux Records, the acclaimed indie hip-hop label founded in 2000 by Company Flow front man and producer El-P.

Swain, whose artist name is Danny, will now hit the studio to record a digital EP for Def Jux and will collaborate with Def Jux rapper Mr. Lif on a single and video.

"Well, dang," Swain wrote in a blog entry on his MySpace page this week. "I don't think words can express how I'm feelin' right now. Happy? Grateful? Nah, those won't do. 'Borfnisserus' is the only one I could come up with, and that's not even a word. I think 'ecstatic' is close enough. When I got that phone call this morning from Mr. Lif himself, it took a lot for me to contain my excitement."

Danny! clearly has a sense of humor, as he cites "Copacabana" singer Barry Manilow among his influences. Check out Danny! here and at his MySpace page.

The Def Jux contest is one piece of mtvU's "Best Music on Campus" contest, which seeks to highlight up-and-coming artists from colleges across the country.

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