News: Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys Couple Up For Whitney Houston Comeback, "We Need To Bring Whitney Back" [Video]
Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 11:40AM
Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys have teamed up to help spark Whitney Houston's comeback album with a track called "Million Dollar Bill."
The rumored hip-hop couple's collaboration will focus on new love and may be Houston's first single.
"At the time I was working on some stuff with Alicia," Swizz said in an interview. "I was like, 'We need to bring Whitney back. We need to do some stuff to support Whitney.' Then Alicia was like, 'I love Whitney, she's an icon. I would love to be a part of that.' I started vibing on different things. I didn't want to come with anything that would make her sound too old or too young. That's when I got the vibe to do something that had, like, a disco feel, but still with the hard drums on it, still musical but moving. I wanted to do something that was instant when it came on. Then I played the idea for Alicia to make sure I wasn't bugging out. 'Am I going too far with this?' She was like, 'Nah. That can be a big smash.' ...I want this to be one of the biggest records of her comebacks," Swizz noted. "I want her to be onstage at the Grammys talking about this record." (MTV)
Both Swizzy and Alicia have been rumored to be romantically involved since last summer.
"I can no longer ignore the harmful rumors, that my friend Alicia Keys is in any way linked to my marital circumstances or to the decision that Mashonda and I have made to separate," Swizz said in an interview last September. "I am disappointed that some have chosen to try and tarnish Alicia's reputation by irresponsibly implicating her in a situation that she has absolutely nothing to do with." (Us Magazine)
Aside from R&B, the producer has also confirmed reports of hitting the studio for DMX and Eve.
"Wait until y'all hear the finished product of [DMX]," Swizz said in an interview. "We've taken it way to the next level and the whole double R movement from Eve to X, those are my main first priorities right now and I mean the music is coming out crazy...It's time for that, I told X like, 'You not gonna finish the legacy? Like, what we doing? I remember when people couldn't on stage after you. Like, what are we doing?' It's a whole different team around him, like, X, he needs the right team around him and right now he's got the right team around him. The team around him when we was doing it real major, that team is around him again. So it's easier for me to communicate with him. find him, because all these 'Yes' people that were around him, they fans. You can't have no fans around him, you gotta have family around." (Jenny Boom Boom TV)
The Lox's Jadakiss recently said the Ruff Ryders reunion was official during a "106 & Park" broadcast last month.
"We got the Ruff Ryder, D-Block remix out," Kiss explained as he and Swizz Beatz pulled out trademark Ruff Ryder bandannas. "We got [DMX] on there. X on there, Eve, Drag On, Styles P, Sheek Louch, we bringing it back. We bringing it back to that element baby! ... And yeah, yeah, the Big Bosses tour, me and my big homie Cam'ron coming to a venue near you real soon...Catalog is crazy right now. We got Lox album coming, Ruff Ryder compilation, new Sheek album, new Swizz album, new Kiss album. We gettin' it poppin' baby! ("106 & Park")
Check out Swizz Beatz's interview below: