During a recent interview with Angie Martinez, Swizz Beatz and the host discussed everything from his nearly three decade career in Hip Hop to what he thinks about artificial intelligence, the value of community resources, and more.
At one point in the conversation, the musician discussed his marriage to Alicia Keys, noting that she tends to be overly kind to him.
This led the host to discuss his recent gift to Alicia, a $500,000 limited edition Virgil Abloh-inspired Maybach, and her reaction. In Swizz’s opinion, even though his wife may not admit it, she probably doesn’t even like the car.
“I don’t think she liked the goddam car,” he said, before Martinez pointed out that the singer did not seem like the “flashy” type either, so perhaps he has a point.
While Alicia likes to drive and collects cars, he says the gift is “still at the dealership” most likely due to reactions on social media to the lavish gifts he has given her in the past.
He continued: “I know she was already thinking like ‘are they gonna be on me if I bring the kids to school in this? Are people gonna know how I’m movin’?’ like [I’m sure] she start[ed] thinking like that way with it. She’s [was just] being very polite.”
The new car, which was unveiled at a car show last December, is a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S680 model and was designed by Abloh before his November 2021 death in partnership with Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz’s chief design officer.
This wasn’t the only time Swizz Beatz showered Alicia Keys with an expensive gift. Last July, he laced the singer with an extravagant Egyptian-themed chain.
Designed by famous jeweler Eliantte, the pendant features baguette diamonds in the shape of the ancient pyramids and a portrait of the R&B icon inspired by 18th-century ancient Egyptian queen Nerfiti.
In a video posted online at the time by the Eliantte, Alicia was spotted trying on the chain as guests snapped photos in awe.