Swizz Beatz helmed the tracks “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Murder to Excellence” on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s chart-topping Watch the Throne, and contributed vocals on two of the cuts. Speaking with Billboard’s The Juice, Swizzy explained that being part of the project was a blessing that reveal itself in time.
“I’m a part of four different songs in different ways,” he explained. “That’s like what I was telling someone today. It’s like being in the studio with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson at the same time. Of course, we don’t feel that now, the masses don’t feel like that now, but 10 years down the road, 15 years, that will be compared to something like that in Hip Hop history. Just to be in the Mercer… I’m just happy to be here.”
Jay-Z and Kanye West shattered the iTunes first-week digital sales record earlier this week with around 290,000 copies sold. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with 436,000 copies sold.