As Swizz Beatz readies the release of his sophomore album Haute Living, he’s also offered previews as well as information on the list of artists who will appear on the effort, including Lil Wayne, John Legend, Jay-Z, and wife Alicia Keys. Swizz talked about recording the track “Skyscrapers,” which will feature Kanye West and U2’s Bono. He joked that ‘Ye almost hijacked the entire song after receiving the beat.
“[Kanye] gives me the track back, done, three verses, the chorus there and a bridge,” Swizz told MTV News. “So, I’m like, there ain’t no room for me on that thing! I’m like, ‘Not on this one, baby.’ So I got two extra verses in the stash.”
The “Skyscrapers” track will include a video, but none of the three artists will appear in it.
“I felt like there was a lot of things going on in the world that was bigger than all of us. So as of right now, we’re not in the video,” he explained. “It’s like an art piece. It’s like a documentary of the world as we don’t know it, but kind of know it. You know these things are going on in the world, but you don’t really know to what degree they’re going on in the world. So I took time out to piece up a couple of visuals that represent that–moving visuals. Right now me, Boo, Kanye, we’re trying to figure out what’s the right way to have that message.”
The “Skyscrapers” video is still in production.