Recently, producer Bangladesh discussed the issue of remaining “relevant” in Hip Hop. In doing so, he explained that he does not feel Swizz Beatz is relevant. He also shared that Swizz gets relevance due to his marriage to Alicia Keys, “a lady that’s poppin’.” Bangladesh also went on to discuss age in Hip Hop, saying “relevance is in being youthful.”
“I don’t think Swizz is relevant,” Bangladesh shared with XXL. “I’m keeping it 100.”
While he noted that Beatz is relevant to some degree, Bangladesh explained further.
“I think there’s a difference between relevance and musical relevance,” he noted. “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?”
He continued by explaining that he feels “relevance is in being youthful” and that he has it because he looks young.
“The relevance is in being youthful,” he said. “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.”