Swizz Beatz Sings praises For Black Coffee and Burna Boy in New Interview

Swizz Beatz sits down for an interview with Slikour On Life.

Swizz Beatz, while in South Africa for the Barcadi Holiday Club concert, hung out with some of SA's biggest stars including Cassper Nyovest, Reason, DJ Fresh, AKA, and a lot more.

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?

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:

Read: The 10 Best Black Coffee Songs


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.