In a recent interview with XXLmag.com producer Bangladesh named Swizz Beatz as an artist that he doesn’t feel is currently relevant in hip hop. In response to the slight, Swizzy told ThisIs50.com that the "A Milli" producer was a "clown" and schooled him on a few of his accomplishments.
"Y’all going to start this relevant s---?" said Swizzy. "Don’t let this clown pump you up with this relevant. We at this video shoot right now. But you know anyways man, it’s all positive energy from me. I can't get in that zone. I'm just happy to be here. Been doing this since 1998, 300 million-something sold. Domestically."
Bangladesh, who has served as a beatsmith for Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, said there’s a difference between relevance and musical relevance. "You married a lady that’s poppin’ [Alicia Keys], you know it’ll give you a lot of relevance, but you gotta make hits. Ain’t no hits. Are you relevant for the craft you’re doing or the life you live as far as the decisions you make?” he explained.
Once his statements became a hot button issue on the Internet, Bang took to Twitter to defuse the potential beef. He alleges that his words were taken out of context by the writer of the article.
"@THEREALSWIZZZ this isn't real bro interview wasn't even about u. They slick reversed the focus. Inspiration is who you are so ur relevant," he tweeted.
With Bangladesh backing off his initial statement and Swizz looking to keep the vibes positive, it looks like this latest squabble between beatsmiths won't get much play after this.
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