This must be blank stare day because that’s been my reaction to entertainment news all morning.
Popular producer Bangladesh who “has produced hits for the likes of Lil Wayne (“A Milli,” “6 Foot 7 Foot”), Nicki Minaj (“Did It On’em”) and Gucci Mane (“Lemonade”)” stuck his foot all the way in his throat during a recent interview with XXL magazine. The mag asked him for his thoughts on Swizz Beatz and let’s just say his answer was heavy on the shade.
“I don’t think Swizz is relevant. I’m keeping it 100,” he said. “I think 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?”
That’s the million dollar question a lot of popular artists out here need to be asked but many would argue Swizz Beatz isn’t one of them, judging from his latest tracks wit Nas and Rick Ross. Besides, Alicia Keys isn’t exactly at the pinnacle of her career. She’s still popular and doing a lot of great things, but she’s not really “poppin’” in the music world. She’s set her sites on bigger things than being a performer, like Broadway and the AIDS crisis in Africa. She doesn’t and probably couldn’t make her husband popular even if that was their goal.
As if Bangladesh’s comments weren’t comical enough, his retraction makes this story all the more humorous. As soon as the article spread he immediately backtracked with a tweet to Swizz and some other people I imagine have the power to make his career irrelevant:
The whole chopped and screwed excuse is about as old as the reality TV shows where it originated. Regardless of whether the Swiss comment was the focus of the interview or not, it obviously was more interesting to the mag than any of Bangladesh’s projects, and those are still his words. You can’t deny that no matter how much you try to flip the context script.
I can’t say this tweet from Swiss is in response to this interview, but it’s certainly fitting:
Thoughts? Does Alicia Keys keep Swizz relevant?
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