Aaron Smith (born May 29 1986 in Malibu, California), better known by his stage name Shwayze, is an American alternative hip hop artist . In 2007 he met Cisco Adler
, frontman of Whitestarr
, at a Malibu nightclub. He jumped onstage during Whitestarr's performance and began freestyling. Cisco was impressed with his talent, and they immediately began making music together. Eventually they landed a deal with Suretone Records and released their debut self-titled album in 2008.