Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beatz has decided to link with U.K. rocker M.I.A. to help in assisting with his upcoming Haute Living studio album.
According to reports, both artists will exchange each other’s services for their own albums.
M.I.A. and Swizz Beatz have created magic with a range of talented artists, separately, which is why we were excited – and anxious – to hear that the two were collaborating. A rep from Swizz Beatz’s camp has confirmed with Billboard’s The Juice that Beatz and M.I.A. are recording music for each other’s upcoming albums, M.I.A.’s yet to be titled album and Beatz’s “Haute Living.” (Billboard)
In-studio footage of Swizzy and M.I.A. hit the Internet heading into the weekend.
Swizz Beatz and M.I.A. posted a photo of themselves in the studio on 4/20, and now video taken at the same session has hit the ‘Net. In the clip, a blond MIA asks Swizz, an avid art collector, about the Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring painting he has in his home. The ‘Money in the Bank’ rapper then showed off tattoos of both artists on his arm as well as of Shepard Fairey and Andy Warhol. (The Boom Box)
Last January, Swizzy discussed the content of his forthcoming LP.
“I think people are not gonna expect what they’re gonna hear on my album,” Swizz said in an interview. “I’m very hard on myself with the album because it’s like putting on another hat and it’s opening up the door for a lot of criticism…Doing this album I said, ‘Look, I’m not trying to be the best rapper in the world, I’m not trying to do none of that. I’m just trying to have fun and treat it as [an] art project where I’m expressing myself.'” (MTV)
Last summer, Beatz announced the album title on Twitter.
“MY NEW ALBUM NAME IS (HAUTE LIVING ) BECAUSE THATS MY ART ,FASHION, MUSIC, LIFE STYLE HAUTE MEANS THE HIGHEST LEVEL!,” he tweeted August 2010.
“SWIZZ BEATZ PRESENT @HAUTELIVING THE ALBUM FOR MUSIC ART FASHION FOR OUR PEOPLE……..GET WITH THE HAUTE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (Swizz Beatz’s Twitter)
Check out M.I.A. & Swizz Beatz in the studio down below: