Swizzy! Songs You Didn’t Know Swizz Beatz Wrote And Produced
Kaseem Dean is not known for fading into the background. He’s usually, as Suge Knight would say, dancing all up in the videos, making his presence known. When you put your all into your work, there’s nothing wrong with letting people know you’re the one that did that. And while we usually can hear a Swizz Beatz song from a mile away, here are some you probably didn’t know he wrote and produced.
Tear It Up- Yung Wun
How many of you are familiar with the Drumline soundtrack? Remember when the band played this song? You might not know it by name but it goes something like this: Ba Buuuum. Tear it up. Let me see you tear it up. You know what I’m talking about?! If not, refresh yourself with the video above. I know you know it. The beat is hot and not only did Swizz Beatz produce the infectious tune, he’s also credited as a writer on the song as well.
Check On It – Beyoncé
“If you got it flaunt it. Boy I know you want it.” It sounds like such a female centered song right? Well yeah sure but it was also written by Swizz Beatz, alonger with Sean Garrett, Stayve Thomas and Beyoncé’s cousin Angela (Angie) Beyincé. Swizz Beatz was the lone producer on this song. “Check On It” was supposed to be featured on The Pink Panther soundtrack but it didn’t end up happening. Since it didn’t make the cut, Slim Thug got a verse on the song and was featured on Destiny’s Child’s greatest hits album. The song’s title was created by a phrase that Knowles and her management team used jokingly. The video, directed by Hype Williams, won the Video Music Award for the Best R&B Video in 2006.
Best of Me- Mya
The first single from Mya’s second studio album Fear of Flying was written by a host of people, including Mya, Swizz and his then wife Mashonda. There’s an interesting story behind this one. The track was originally supposed to be for rapper DMX but for some reason that didn’t happen (hmmm) and the track was shelved until Swizz returned to New York City to work on Mya’s album. She wouldn’t have even heard it but Swizz accidentally pushed a button and when the song played, Mya’s management team said it was the one they needed. And the rest is history. At its peak, the song was number 50 on the Billboard top 100.
Hotel – Cassidy
Remember rapper Cassidy and his first single “Hotel”? The song was written by R Kelly, Cassidy, whose real name is Barry Reese, a couple of other dudes and Swizz Beatz. He also produced the song entirely on his own. Though we haven’t seen or heard much from Cassidy over the years; back in 2003, “Hotel” was a smash, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. A year later the team hooked up again and made the remix.
Put It In A Love Song- Alicia Keys
Before Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz made their love official by tying the knot, they got together to write and produce the song “Put It in a Love Song.” The song, which features a verse from Beyoncé was released in 2010 from Keys’ fourth studio album. The song was later pulled in favor of “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” with Drake. Because they pulled it, it peaked at only #60 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. As you may know Keys and Knowles shot the video for the song in Rio d Janeiro, Brazil. But like the single before it, it was postponed. And eventually cancelled all together. Kind of odd considering photos and even a teaser for the video were released. The only explanation we got from Alicia was “sometimes things don’t work out.” Right…The first time the two performed the song together was on March 2010 at Madison Square Garden. You can watch a bit of their awkward performance together in the video above.
Get Me Bodied- Beyoncé
Y’all already know we love Bey around here, so it’s only right that I highlight the songs Swizz helped make classics on one of my favorite Beyoncé albums, B’Day. This song, like many of the others on this list, was written by a few people, including Swizz, Sean Garrett, Makeba Riddick, Angie Beyincé, and Solange Knowles. Bey, Sean Garrett and Swizz Beatz produced the track. It was another hit for the pop singer and it was recognized as the best R&B and Hip Hop song of 2007, reaching 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually 46 after the video was released. Beyoncé directed the music video along with Anthony Mandler. Sticking with a formula that proved to work for her in the past, Beyoncé tapped Swizz Beatz to write and produce “Ring The Alarm” and “Upgrade U” also for the B’Day album.
Love Is Blind- Eve
There’s no way you could forget this song or the chilling video that accompanied it. Never before had our generation seen the issue of domestic violence described in such a graphic and impactful nature in Hip Hop. And since Eve was not only a talented lyricist but also had a personal connection to the song, she wrote it herself. She’s the only artist on this list who wrote this and all of the songs on her debut album entirely by herself. The song, inspired by a high school friend who was in an abusive relationship (but didn’t meet the same fate as the woman in the song), was produced by Swizz with chorus vocals by Faith Evans. Swizz Beatz produced a majority of Eve’s first album including her other hit single “Gotta Man.” Interestingly enough, Mashonda contributed her vocals to the song as well.
Whuteva- Remy Ma
And since we’re on female rappers, let’s go ahead and move on to Remy Ma. Now, you probably already know Swizz co-wrote produced this one. He’s all in the video, putting his right and left hands up, screaming “Get it poppin’.” But I love this song so I’m putting this one on your plate for free. Remy Ma, rushed the release of her first album, There’s Something About Remy: Based On A True Story, wanting it to come out on the anniversary of Big Pun’s death. And even though Fat Joe felt she should have waited, the two singles from the project, fared pretty well. But as of 2007, the album had only sold 158,000 copies. If you look closely at this video though, you’ll see a couple of cameos by some famous and not so famous folk.
Million Dollar Bill- Whitney Houston
In 2009, Whitney Houston was on her comeback game. She was working on her seventh studio album, I Look To You. And while R Kelly wrote the title song entirely on his own, it was Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz who wrote “Million Dollar Bill” along with Norman Harris. The song, which samples Loleatta Holloway’s 1977 song “We’re Getting Stronger (The Longer We Stay Together)” entered the Billboard 100 but disappeared the next week. It fared better on the R&B/Hip Hop charts, spending 30 weeks there, peaking at the 16th spot. Swizz and Alicia also produced the song together.
Now That You’ve Got It- Gwen Stefani
This is my ish! Love me some Gwen Stefani so imagine my delight when I learned that it was co-written and produced by Swizz Beatz. Honestly, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. It sounds just like him and if you listen closely, you can hear his ad-libs along with Damian Marley’s verse.
Party Up- DMX
Maybe this doesn’t come as much of a surprise either because Swizz is clearly the dude giving you the countdown, you know “One, Two…meet me outside.” This song is 14 years old and it still manages to get all of us crunk. I dare you not to bob your head. What’s so surprising about this one is the fact that Swizz helped write this one. When you think about the passionate way DMX delivers his lyrics, you’d think he was the sole creator but apparently two minds are better than one. You already know this song was HOT with everyone from grannies to pastors talking about how folks were going to make them lose their minds. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts and number 7 on the Billboard Pop Songs. It was 27 on the overall Hot 100.