Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't stop the rapper/producer from hitting the studio.
Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't stop the rapper/producer from hitting the studio. That same night, as he popped bottles in celebration, Swizz produced the pounding beat and catchy verses to "It's Me Bitches," the first single from his upcoming album, "One Man Band Man," due May 15 via Universal Motown.
"I was just drunk," he jokingly admits to Billboard.com. "I didn't want to go out to the club, so I just chilled in the studio. I knew I had a concept for the song, so I went in the booth and it just came out."
Snags, Neo da Matrix, Just Blaze and Kanye West are among the other producers on "One Man Band Man," which Swizz considers his "first real album." But as far as collaborations go, he wanted to make sure this project was mostly about him. "I didn't want my album to be like I was leaning on a whole bunch of other artists like crutches," he says.
One guest spot he is excited about is on the track "Part of the Plan," which features U.K. rock superstars Coldplay. He hopes the treatment for the video will parallel the story line of the movie "Crash," and has already teamed up with the film's director, Paul Haggis, who he says "is super open on the idea."
The next single from the album is "Big Munny," based on the cartoon character featured in his Kid Robot clothing line, which hit stores early last year. Plans are also in the works for an "It's Me Bitches" remix featuring Jadakiss, Kanye, R. Kelly and Cassidy.
Swizz has also been busy working with Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and 50 Cent on upcoming albums, and has lately logged time with Usher, Chris Brown, T.I. and Cassidy.