Swizz Beatz Clarifies Jay-Z & Lil Wayne Collab On “Hip Hop 50, Vol. 2”

It’s one thing for a hyped collab to never see the light of day, but it’s a different kind of pain when it ends up happening without the bombast you expected. But to be fair, maybe that’s just people’s high expectations. Still, fans got very excited when Swizz Beatz teased a collab between Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. However, when the track “This S**t Right Here” dropped, Hov was nowhere to be found in the verses. Instead, a vocal sample of his was used for the song, which left many scratching their heads. During a recent Twitter Spaces conversation with TIDAL‘s Elliott Wilson, the legendary producer had to set the record straight on what he really meant.

Of course, “This S**t Right Here,” appeared on Swizz Beatz’s latest project, the Hip Hop 50, Vol. 2 EP. Moreover, he explained that he referred to a vocal sample he had from Jay during his tour in 2007 or 2008. “I had [that freestyle] in my files as Jay vocals,” the 44-year-old revealed. “So you didn’t have a Jay verse on that joint, you just were playing with us?” Wilson responded. “‘Cause everybody got excited, you know how the Internet is.”

Swizz Beatz Explains What He Meant When He Teased A Jay-Z & Lil Wayne Collab

“S**t, I got excited too!” Swizz Beatz exclaimed. Even if the New York legend wasn’t on it, at least Lil Wayne still spazzed. In addition, the “Uproar” producer defended himself by stating that at least it was actually Jay-Z and not an A.I.-generated voice or verse. “That’s him him, so I’m like, ‘Why can’t we say it’s him?’ It is him on the song.” Given all the buzz around artificial intelligence in music, perhaps we’ll see that defense much more often in the coming months.

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