Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz talked about the power of the dollar this week and why he is not willing to make certain commitments over a signed paycheck.
Speaking with radio station Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” Swizzy also tackled on the theory of rappers carrying expiration dates.
“Not all money is good money,” Swizzy said in an interview with DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. “You’ve got to know when to be like, ‘Nah, I’m cool on that’ because you might get the biggest check ever but it might set you back on a respect level, on a creative level, on so many levels that you’ve got to monitor what you’re doing. …[Expiration date for rappers?] Yeah. When the artist stops being, you know, in love with what they’re doing. What happens with artists is they get stuck in their old ways. A lot of artists are scared to move onto something new, a lot of producers are scared to move onto something new. I’m chasing something new. … Sometimes doing you too much, it can box you out.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Swizz also took the time to speak on reuniting with estranged Ruff Ryders members Eve and DMX.
“We’ve got some amazing songs,” Beatz added when asked about re-introducing the Ruff Ryders crew. “It’s all about the hit. You could be away for a hundred years and come back with that hit — One thing about Eve, she’s a little different, she’s a little sane — Eve’s still hungry. I was in the studio with her the other day. One thing I like to do is let the artists go out there and come back with music they feel they should be doing. Then we have listening sessions and the stuff she came back, I was proud of her because even though she’s traveling the world and doing different things, music is still her love. It’s all about that passion. … X is working on a couple side of things on the personal side of his life as people can see in ‘Couples Therapy.’ …. I like that he’s dealing with demons that’s in his life that’s been interfering with his music and his life.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
With an album still in the works, Eve recently talked about the current wave of new female rappers.
“I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really f*ck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.” (Women of Hip Hop)
X is currently gearing up for his new solo album to drop next month.
DMX has announced that after several delays, his highly anticipated seventh studio album “Undisputed” will be released on June 26th 2012. X’s manager, Jason Fowler spoke about the album via his FaceBook account stating, “DMX New album will be out June 26th 2012 — his new single is out now — “I Don’t Dance” feat Machine Gun Kelly — call your radio stations and request it, Let’s go! There will be no more DMX album push backs … it could possibly move up but no more push backs,” Fowler added. (Loud Music)
Check out Swizz Beatz’s interview below: