We give Swizz Beatz a hard time at TSS, but the truth is, the Basquiat-loving producer has made a lasting, positive impact on the Hip-Hop game. Even ignoring his huge hits of the early 2000s, Swizz has produced crowd-moving heaters on event albums, street-level bangers, deep album cuts, and even managed not to totally annoy everyone with his hooks.
While there are many of us who will always cringe every time we hear “It’s Showtime!” we wanted to highlight some of the wins on Swizz’s record with the ten tracks he didn’t ruin.
Previously -- 10 Songs Swizz Beatz Ruined
1. Saigon Ft. Swizz Beatz - C'mon Baby
The combo of Sai-giddy and Just Blaze was damn near unstoppable on the Queens native’s long-awaited and criminally underrated The Greatest Story Never Told. The high energy “Come On Baby” went through several changes before finally hitting the public with a fresh Jay-Z verse and a Swizz Beatz hook. Swizz’s mosh pit triggering chants were a welcome addition to the rowdy street single.
2. Lloyd Banks - "Start It Up"
Banks’ gravelly flow was as sharp as ever on this comeback single, but Swizz’s swaggering boasts and motorcycle-revving adlibs were the most memorable part of the track. The speaker-popping production from Cardiak worked well as a neo-Swizz callback to the Ruff Ryder days.
3. Jay-Z - "On To The Next One"
Swizz's production is horror flick-meets-LIV NIGHTCLUB. And in between Jay’s familiar boasts, intermittent chants, and rear-view mirror-rattling bass, Swizz reminds us that money isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
4. Drake – "Fancy"
Swizz produced a slightly different beat for Drake on "Fancy" than what we normally expect, but the results were undeniable. The upbeat Thank Me Later standout blared from women’s bedrooms all over the country as they prepped for a night on the town. Even Swizz’s mini verse, after the 40-produced beat change, was tolerable.
5. T.I. - "Bring Em Out"
Swizz ushered in a short Jay-Z vocal sample trend on T.I.’s hit single “Bring Em Out.” Playing both hypeman and producer, Swizz’s chaotic synth horns, whistles, and chants of “hands in the air now!” are what 1 a.m. in a nightclub are made of.
6. The Game - "Scream On Em"
The Game has one of the best sets of ears in Hip-Hop. He snatched this banger from Swizz for The Doctor’s Advocate and then ripped it to shreds.
7. UGK - "Hit The Block"
Pimp, Bun, and Tip run their own brand of collection services on “Hit The Block.” The southern trio took Swizz’s jittery production, featuring claps, gunshots, sirens, and a well-placed MJG sample, to the streets in pursuit of the paper.
8. Beyonce Ft. Bun B & Slim Thug - "Check On It"
Swizz cooked up a slinky mid-tempo for Beyonce to wine her body to for The Pink Panther soundtrack. Slim Thug also adds two solid feature verses for one of Beyonce’s first nods to her H-Town roots.
9. The Throne - "Welcome To The Jungle"
Crunchy, stuttering, snares and synths that cry out of the speakers intermittently provide the backdrop for Jay and ‘Ye’s back-and-forth lamentations on loss and pain. Swizz tried to turn this one south with his superfluous hook, but the intensity of the rhymes and the short runtime of the song saved the day.
10. Fabolous Ft. Swizz Beatz - "Return Of The Hustle"
Fab gets busy to Just Blaze production and manages to make you ignore Swizz's prattling on the hook. The hook, of course, is classic Swizz, with his imploring you to put your money in the air and also get money.