• S
    • M
    • L
    • XL
    • XXL
      • XXL
      • XL
      • L
      • M
      • S

Swizz Beatz
One Man Band Man

swizzbeatz.jpgDeep down inside, everyone wants to be a star. That’s why it’s no surprise that so many beatsmiths are trading in their boards for the mic. Although there’s the occasional success story (Dr. Dre), not everyone is as fortunate. Creating countless hits for some of the game’s top artists since 1998, Swizz Beatz ignores the odds and adds his name to the list of producer turned rapper hopefuls with One Man Band Man. Not counting his 2002 compilation, Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, which was more of a showcase of his production prowess and how many rap friends he had on speed dial, this marks the South Bronx, N.Y., native’s official solo debut as an MC rhyming without any assistance for the majority of the disc.

Living up to his album’s title, Swizzy plays double duty as the sole producer and headlining act. Now, expecting any lyrical wizardry from a producer/rapper not named West is downright futile. Yet, for every weak line—“Engine, engine No. 9/You talkin’ crazy, made you lose ya mind,” on the raucous “Bust Ya Guns”—there are glimpses of MC potential. For instance, “You Know Your Boy Did That” finds a confident Swizz listing his numerous accomplishments over brooding instrumentation (“1999/I did that/Took the hard street shit, and I flipped that/It all started from a little corner scheme/I took it all to a million dollar dream”). The wordplay continues on the organ-fueled “The Funeral” and the somber “Part of the Plan,” with Chris Martin of Coldplay’s soulful vocals on the chorus. On the latter, Swizz spits, “I wish I could fly away on a unicorn/I’m from the ghetto, and every day a human is born/So who cares if I’m stretched out on the scene surrounded by forensic teams.”

Although these bouts of reflection show promise, Swizz’s lyrics take a backseat when he shifts to party mode. Falling in line with his lead single and club smash “It’s Me, Bitches,” Mr. Beatz keeps the energy levels high and the content shallow on the festive booty banger “Money in the Bank.” Then, the producer known for creating multilayered original compositions lazily jacks a Bill Withers sample to pen the ego-trippin’ “Take a Picture” and stunt for the cameras on wax.

Still, if there’s one thing Swizz Beatz can do, it’s get the party started, and he delivers that the rest of the way. Doing what he does best, Da Monsta packs a strong electro-guitar twang and heart-pounding bass line into the catchy “Big Munny.” He continues to get his swag on behind the boards, with anthemic horns and strings carrying “Top Down” to sonic bliss. But it’s the booming “Product Man” that inspires Swizz to brag: “88 million sold, that’s an understatement/Now 100 million units sold, that’s the right statement.”

Clearly, Swizz went into this project trying to prove a point. Aside from Lil Wayne, R. Kelly and Jadakiss on “It’s Me, Bitches (Remix),” the only other rap guest on One Man Band Man is Drag-On, who appears on the aforementioned “Bust Ya Guns.” While the superproducer deserves praise for not falling into the trap of hiding behind a slew of guest appearances, there are pros and cons to going at it for self. For the most part, though, the proven hitmaker masks his lyrical inconsistencies with a bevy of bangin’ beats that should ride out the summer and have cats chillin’ in the Beemer, listenin’ to Swizzle. —SEAN A. MALCOLM

XL.gif
  • http://yahoo.com AllstarBalla

    Yup yup,
    Swizzy’s beatz are mad hot,
    im sure his solo album ganna b dope
    keep it up big homie “do damn thang”!

  • Big Chops

    1ST FAKE FUCKZ!!!!!!!!

  • REAL TALK

    LOVE the new Joints Swizzy – keep doin ya thing!!

    Full SURFACE!!

  • ROAST

    WHATS THE RELEASE DATE ON THIS?

  • http://xxlmag.com lg

    i understand that he said he doesnt consider himself a rapper but he need to quit while he ahead and stick to the beats

  • Rodjilius

    i aint gonna lie but swizzys rhymes they posted on here were pretty nice ima get the album lyrical or not

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    I feel you swizz. Hey JD did it. Dr. Dre. did it. Timberland did it. Skate board P did it. Manie Fresh did it. Its yo turn now.

  • Cuban Link

    this this shit really drop this week, I havent found it anywhere

  • ABC

    Swizz Beatz = XL
    Joell Ortiz = L

    No Comments!!!

  • Um, really?

    Those lyrics posted “showed promise?” “i wanna fly away on a unicorn/every day a human is born?”
    That shows promise?
    xxl, what is wrong with you.

    “life is a bitch, dependin how u dress her. if adam n eve wear nada and the devil wears prada, im somewhere in between, but way more fresher.”
    THAT shows promise. only producer that should ever ever say anything on a mic, unless he’s screamin just blaze! and that’s about as far as that goes.

  • FAIR

    Um, really? Says:

    June 6th, 2007 at 3:29 pm
    Those lyrics posted “showed promise?” “i wanna fly away on a unicorn/every day a human is born?”
    That shows promise?
    xxl, what is wrong with you.

    “life is a bitch, dependin how u dress her. if adam n eve wear nada and the devil wears prada, im somewhere in between, but way more fresher.”
    THAT shows promise. only producer that should ever ever say anything on a mic, unless he’s screamin just blaze! and that’s about as far as that goes.

    ^ your an idiot..yes i agree kanye is ill and he def killed that song but to sya hes the only producer to touch a mic…what about dr.dre, alchemist,havoc, evidence, BLACK MILK, listen to more hip hop and get back to em on that..as for swizzy this album is what rap needs more artist doing THEIR own thing not everybody elses thing maybe if more artists did it their instead of whats hott right now no one would question if hip hop is dieing…before you quote me im not saying swizz beats is bringing hip hop back im just saying more people need to take a page from his book..peace 1

  • ballsack johnson

    bone thugs was supposed to be on the album..to bad they got cut. swizz is aiight, i can’t imagine he would be able to carry an album himself.

  • BigMike

    Swizz Beatz is wack as hell. His beats are garbage and sound like he’s got Tourette’s Syndrome or some shit. He sounds like he makes his beats in 10 minutes using some old ass casio keyboard. Dude is way overrated.

  • swiss?

    swizz cheesey

  • T.R.E.Y.

    if this is hotter than either Tim or Diddy’s albums, i’ll shat myself. (fall back haters)

    that said, Swizz has gotten better lately/is better than i originally thought. “Scream on Em” was the worst shyte on Game’s album, but “Touch It” and “Get It” were both hot

  • DirtDoggy

    XL rating, wtf ? how much xxl mag get payed for that, they do pay you for good reviews, no ? what Puffy get XXL, lol.

    I take lyrics before beats so this will be a shit sandwitch, even his beats are an aquired taste, too many club bangers for me, what happened to the beats that make you bob ya head ?

  • Crumbs

    Swizz is mad nuts. Dude got style. Cant wait to hear the joint with Drag to the Dash On.

  • x-mas kid

    fuck tha bullshit….ima cop that shit..the boy swizz got style on the mic…so FUK yA

  • tony starks

    fuck wants to hear a dj rapping. stick to making fucking beats and leave the mic for pro’s. no true hip hop fans gonna cop dis shit. fake nigga’s go cop dis yo rep yer bullshit.

  • A-Deep

    sounds like some good shit, but whens release date?!

  • http://www.MySpace.com/larrybrite larry brite

    This thing just got pushed back to Aug 23

  • D

    “Now, expecting any lyrical wizardry from a producer/rapper not named West is downright futile.” Huh?? Lyrical Prowess? Come on buddy.

  • cali neon green

    SHIT IS GARBAGE

  • i’ll shit bag u

    that dude sucks!!!

  • monique

    his shit is so sick!!!

  • Holleyhood

    I don’t understand why cassidy aint on tha album

  • BIGWYLIE

    His shit stinks he should stick to beat making Swizzy nowhere near Dre or Timbo Why does XXL overrate the bad rappers and underrate the good ones

  • Eman

    Is it me or did this rating get changed from L to XL? How much did that cost?

  • Stax On Deck

    Swizz Beats Rapping…What will they think of next? (Probably some steroid taking gorilla that talks funny and got shot 9 times….Oh…Datz 50cent)

  • i’ll shit bag u

    man how the fuck do u give this wack ass shit a XL??? this shit is str8 garbage

  • all city unseen

    everyone cool but all city unseen is alittle better
    myspace.com/princeunseen

  • all city unseen

    everyone cool but all city unseen is alittle better
    myspace.com/princeunseen

  • http://www.myspace.com/larrybrite larry brite

    where is cassidy?

  • http://www.pardonmeduke.com Korean Slap Boxer

    XXL is “too involved with the flow” ie: Universal’s advertising dollars

  • Ezz

    Congratulations Swizz! With the release of its me bitches you have officially made the worst song ever.

  • icantbeleavedis

    xxl cheats for rappers in north i.e. swizz sorry ass beats

  • Danny

    Swizz Beats XL???!!!

    I will no longer see XXL as a reliable source of album reivews…

  • http://aol.com Ca$hFlow

    Swizz is doing his thung he one of the hottest producers in the game only one who got better beats then him is skate board P

  • http://www.myspace.com/metaforte Metafortae

    Keep Grindin Swiss

  • Vitto

    Fuck people who think that swizzy suck! Swizz Beats rulzzz!
    U know who this is… is’t me BITCHESS!

  • http://XXLMAG.COM MAKI F’D UR MOMA

    TO THE BUTT PLUGS THAT DONT KNOW. . . THAT SOUTHERN SOUND THAT EVERYONE IS BOUNCING TO. . . WAS INTRODUCED TO US BY SWIZZY. . . BEFORE THE BEATS SOUNDED WEST COASTISH. . . A PIONEER OF SOUND AND WHO’S TO SAY HE CAN’T RHYME. YA’LL SOME HATERS. HIP HOP IS DEAD WHEN YOU GOTTA SOUND LIKE SO AND SO TO GET PROPS FOR WHAT U DO. . . EAT DICKS AND SWALL0W IN BIG GULPS, LET THAT MAN DO HIS THANG, PS FUCK JOELL ORTIZ. . .

  • JOEL LEVITTOWN P.R.

    THIS MEN SOUND GOOD, GOOD BEATS, TELL YOUR FRIENDS “HIP HOP IS NOT DEAD” SWIZZY IS HERE

  • Cuban Link

    sooo is this shit actually coming out soon?

  • efrain fernandez

    damn dis nigga sucks

  • Any Music Fan With Taste

    His shit lacks bass. It all sounds the same with clicks and random horns. He’s unique, but that doesn’t make him good at all. Nothing I’ve heard from him sounds good. It’s me bitches is interesting but he keeps cutting his raps short on purpose because he lacks flow and writing skills.

  • http://myspce.com/theinfamousmighty MIGHTY INFAMOUS

    hey im in XXL bangers,

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    les be real yall he cant get an XL and he cant rap. NO hate here im jus sayin tha niggs got talent but not on the mic and his album got 10 trax!!!

  • JCharades

    wow i just heard this album and i’m wondering how in the hell did XXL give him and “XL” and give other artist “M’s” and “L’s”…i liked swiss back in the day when he didnt recycle the same drums and sounds on almost every song he produces now….this album is a “M” at best just because it hardly has features and has some decent songs…I demand u listen to this album more than once before you reach a decision…Peace

  • BIGWYLIE

    i agree with J Charades he can’t stop resaying Wu Tang lyrics and he ain’t even a fuckin’ rapper stick to the beats man maybe he should get a ghostwriter like Dre or Diddy or somethin he sound bad

  • green doggg

    this
    album iz pure garbage

  • http://www.soundclick.com/sdubb SDUB-google-me

    First of all Swiss can flow a lil bit but he don’t have no vocabulary. Unicorn’s don’t fly what he’s talking about is called a Pegasus…lol…but all in all he better than most producers and I definently respect his hustle game. I salute you Swiss

  • jsmooth

    I like that new joint he got ! It better then dj khaled album. Dj khaled has wack ass singles and I’m suprise he got a second album out. But I wanna check out swiss beatz ablum because of his first single.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    lol, this album is dope AND hilarious. it’s CRAZY! CRAZY I SAID! hahahaha

    producerappers stay winnin’

  • SPACEMANRAM

    I just got the album and i have to say

    crazy beats+catchy hooks+drag on=
    GOOD FUCKIN CD (ps-fuck you haters)

  • NYG

    Bust Ya Gunz is probably the best song on the album

  • kdi

    Has everyone 4gotten that Swizz was sued by a major electronics company for straight jackin the intro/sample songs from the same keyboard/drum machine he uses to make beats?!? Then he has the nerve to have a Ruff Ryder MC spit over it and call it his own? For all y’all blind jock-rydas who think Swizz cheese is a hot producer cuz he dont sample need 2 stop being such groupies.

  • Luqman

    swiss stick with makin music leave the real mc’s handle the mic.
    Les putins d’américains,votre musique est de plus en plus merdique.Fuck vos bijoux et vos joujoux bandes d’enculés.

  • http://www.liljon.com Khaled

    Yo ur all Wansta kids !

    U Ik

  • http://www.redhears.com !!Torontonyian!!

    ;)

    &^%^^%$%^#%^^

    Toronto wankstas! u all suk gp listen to ur wannabe cool rap u retards!

  • http://www.redhearslol.com Alex RUth

    Hello wanksta kids from toronto u all suk ggo listen to ur wanksta music! IM ALEX

  • hvac man

    i did work 4 swiss he owes me 18,000 dollars still haven’t got paid and its 3 months later