Mega producer Swizz Beatz has responded to fellow hitmaker Bangladesh calling him out this week and questioning his relevance in today’s music industry.
Rather than take the situation seriously, Swizzy simply downplayed Bang’s comments.
“Y’all going to start this relevant sh*t?” said Swizz. “Don’t let this clown pump you up with this relevant. We at this video shoot right now. Right? [laughs] But you know anyway man, it’s all positive energy from me. I can’t, I can’t get in that zone. I’m just happy to be here. Been doing this since 1998, 300-something million records sold. Domestically.” (This Is 50)
This week, Bang made headlines after publicly questioning Swizzy’s relevance.
I don’t think Swizz is relevant,” Bangladesh told XXL. “I’m keeping it 100.” Fans can easily argue that Swizz is as relevant as ever–from producing “Summer On Smash” for Nas and later appearing at the 2012 ESPN ESPYS with God’s Son to making a cameo in Rick Ross‘s New Orleans-shot “Hold Me Back” video to producing “Throw It Away” off Slaughterhouse’s upcoming LP, Welcome to: Our House. Yet, Bangladesh doesn’t feel it. “I think there’s a difference between relevance and musical relevance,” he says. “You married a lady that’s poppin’ [Alicia Keys], you know it’ll give you a lot of relevance, but you gotta make hits. Ain’t no hits. Are you relevant for the craft you’re doing or the life you live as far as the decisions you make?” (XXL Mag)
The “6 Foot, 7 Foot” hitmaker also went on to give props to the younger producers.
“The relevance is in being youthful,” the outspoken producer added. “Still being in-the-know. I have a 15 year old son so they think we’re brothers and I put him on to stuff. You know, I’m 34 but people tell me I look 23. He still look to me for information. Usually it’s the opposite; usually the parents are lame or too old to understand or whatever. Just the way I feel, I got so much more time.” (XXL Mag)
Back in 2010, rap star Kanye West labeled Swizzy the best rap producer of all time.
“Listening to “Fancy” … This is a big statement but Swizz Beats may be the best rap producer of all time… f*ck that… he is,” he tweeted Friday (August 13) evening.
“He’s original… He’s modern… he lives this sh*t for real… he is rap… Yall gone see though… This Swizz year… Yall gone see.” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
Check out Swizz Beatz’s interview below: