Producer Bangladesh on Swizz Beatz: “I Don’t Think Swizz is Relevant”

Mr. Bangladesh has produced hits for the likes of Lil Wayne (“A Milli,” “6 Foot 7 Foot”), Nicki Minaj (“Did It On’em”) and Gucci Mane (“Lemonade”).

While giving advice to aspiring producers on site for the All American Music Conference at Webster Hall in New York City on Saturday (August 4), Bangladesh told XXL that the secret to his success is always finding a way to reinvent himself. He believes he does that better than most producers in the rap game—especially Swizz Beatz.

“I don’t think Swizz is relevant,” Bangladesh told XXL. “I’m keeping it 100.”

Fans can easily argue that Swizz is as relevant as ever—from producing “Summer on Smash” for Nas’ Life Is Good—he later appeared at the 2012 ESPN ESPYs with God’s Son—to producing “Throw It Away” off Slaughterhouse’s upcoming LP, Welcome to: Our House. Let’s not forget his omnipresent Reebok campaigns. Yet, Bangladesh doesn’t feel it.

“I think there’s a difference between relevance and musical relevance,” he says. “You married a lady that’s poppin’ [Alicia Keys], you know it’ll give you a lot of relevance, but you gotta make hits. Ain’t no hits. Are you relevant for the craft you’re doing or the life you live as far as the decisions you make?

“The relevance is in being youthful,” the outspoken producer added. “Still being in-the-know.  I have a 15-year-old son so they think we’re brothers and I put him on to stuff. You know, I’m 34 but people tell me I look 23.  He still look to me for information. Usually, it’s the opposite; usually the parents are lame or too old to understand or whatever. Just the way I feel. I got so much more time.”

With over a decade of producing in the rap game, Bangladesh still believes that his best years are in front of him.

“I be thinking about when I’m 50 and I still can make a beat,” he said. “I don’t feel like I’m old. I don’t feel like I don’t know what’s going on. I’m still fashionable. I’m still putting people onto the next thing.  So people look at me like the inspiration.”—Chanel Clark

  • Alex

    sorry dude, nobody cares about you and definitely no label is going to sign you and even if you stay as a free agent, nobody is going to buy that garbage you call “music”.
    Young Buck is bad for business and therefore nobody is going to invest in your career. Do you really think, that somebody is going to put some $ on a disloyal pice of shit like you? Bro wake up, you must be dreaming!
    Face it dude, you are finished! You better stay in prison because that´s where you going to end up anyway.

  • Stylo

    why do i always hear someone crying everytime i read something about this nigga?

    • lil Bastard

      i always thought i was the only one!

  • Karl

    Damn homie, in high school you was the man homie. The fuck happened to you?

  • Tru Talk

    BUT HE DIDN”T OUTSELL JEEZY!!!!! HAHAHA IDIOTS!!!

  • francis nasim

    here is a picture of me(busta) and my father(diddy) -you ninjas was born to be fill ins-you are now dismissed-dont need ya’-peace-donnybrook

  • francis nasim

    for 20 dollas im takin somebody home-aint that right diddy-yeah busta i see you baby!-on my way to the gym is me i am says he-donnybrook

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  • francis nasim

    congratulations to people who live out there dreams,and achieve them.-thats exactly what we do at bad boy!nobody serves like i do at the apollo on a thursday ask joey!ha ha!dont be a sho off budden you aint that nice!ha ha!