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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


It almost goes without saying that Swizz Beatz is one of hip-hop's most revered producers.  Quite frankly and to make a long story short, one of hip-hop's greatest of all time.  Starting at the age of 17, the "Skinny Ni**a" was able to produce for notable acts such as his friend DMX, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and his entire Ruff Ryders camp. Aside from such a wide roster of legendary producers ranging from the king DJ Premier and essential figures such as Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Large Professor, L.E.S., Q-Tip, RZA, and so on, Swizzy has been able to maintain his own lane throughout his illustrious 10+ year career.

Personally, coming from a time when mafioso rap was beginning too become cliche in the mid to late '90s along with the death of B.I.G. and Pac leaving an everlasting void in the game, the sound that resonated from the Ruff Ryders camp revolutionized hip-hop as a whole.  It was almost similar to the breaking of the Berlin Wall, the way they tore up and changed the culture with the new sound serving as their backdrop.  What differentiates Swizzy from a whole cast of other producers is his ability to create a range of genres of music outside of rap such as R&B and hip-hop/soul to name a few. Tracks like "Jigga That N*gga", "Wild Out", "Ruff Ryders Anthem"and even up to now "Put It in a Love Song" (Alicia Keys/Beyonce), "Million Dollar Bill" (Whitney Houston), "Gucci Time"(Gucci Mane), "On to the Next One"(Hov), "Fancy"(Drake) gives reason to why he will always remain firm in his untouchable placement in not just hip-hop history but, music as a whole.

"Haters fall back in line..."


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