Swizz Beatz sits down for an interview with Slikour On Life.
He also sat down for an interview with the arts and culture website Slikour On Life. Interviewed by Slikour himself, the producer and rapper spoke about his upcoming project, his Ruff Ryders days, and also his connection to music from the continent, among other things.
Slikour asked the artist what made him connect with Black Coffee, who Swizz has a relationship with.
"Just his passion," he answered.
"I got a chance to watch Black Coffee in a lot of scenarios. And it's not everyday that you see somebody that confident but also powerful [and] so reserved. I got to watch him in New York, LA, Miami, and all these different places, and he's just on another planet. So I connected with him on a spiritual vibe. More than his music–he makes dope music, and I discovered his music way way back, when they did the World Cup. But he's just a different type of guy–he like to help people, he gave me a record that was his first single. People don't give away their first singles. I knew it was a big record for him, but he was like you know what? You can take it and we can figure something out. He's just a cool guy."
Asked about Burna Boy who he had a recording session with, he simply remarked, "Very talented."
Slikour then asked him what he thinks it is about the "African sound" that moves the world. This was a cringe worthy moment for me. What is the African sound exactly?
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In his response to Slikour's question, though, Swizz spoke about listening to Fela Kuti even before the world paid attention to music from the continent–highly likely referring to the explosion of Afrobeat.
"The African sound," he said, "only you can do if you born here. The melodies, you can't escape those melodies, they spiritual. It just takes you to a different place. That's really the strong point in the music, it's just that people don't really understand that even if you pull from it here and there, it's not the same. So that's why you never hear me remixing anything. I just let it be what it is because it's already great. And I just think the sound here, it's the only place that can offer it.
"Even back when I was listening to Fela and people were making fun of me for accepting the African and they were like 'ah man, you need to get back to the Ruff Ryders stuff we were listening to.' But now, everybody tryna figure it out. So you have to be a leader as a creative also."
You can watch the full interview below: