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A Swizz Beatz-Produced Reason Track Is On The Way

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One of South African rapper Reason's biggest dreams has always been to rap over a Swizz Beatz. And last week Friday, since Swizz is currently in South Africa, the rapper put it out to the universe via a tweet.


He first mentioned how his single "Celebrity" was first recorded over the Swizz-produced Watch The Throne song "Welcome To The Jungle." "I SERIOUSLY NEED A BEAT FROM HIM!!! IT'S MY DREAM!!!" he concluded his tweet.

While some tweeps laughed the tweet off, Reason's fans vouched for him. Two days later, the rapper posted a video of him, Swizz Beatz and DJ Fresh. "Asked for a beat publicly on some rap shit," says Reason on the video. And I only asked for it officially on some proper shit today."

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Swizz Beatz then confirms that he will be sending a beat to the rapper. "Come on, let's get it," he said.

Reason's one of South Africa's finest lyricist, and looking at his track record, we can anticipate a potent song. We will be waiting. Not so patiently.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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