The producer’s son, Egypt — whose mother is and Alicia Keys — was famously credited as a producer (along with his father) on Kendrick’s “untitled 07.” off his untitled unmastered. album when he was just five years old.
During a recent interview on the Jennifer Hudson Show, Swizz Beatz shared that Egypt, who’s now 12, also helped Kendrick Lamar get past a mental block when it came to writing rhymes.
“I’m jealous as hell of that one. I thought me and Kendrick was cool,” he joked. “But they kicked it off at the Super Bowl game, and I looked and him and Kendrick was talking for like 40 minutes.
“I went over and said to Kendrick, ‘Is he bothering you? Should I move him? I know you enjoying yourself.’ He said, ‘No. Swizz, I had writer’s block and what Egypt is telling me is helping me deal with something.’
“I was like, ‘Well man, he’s five years old.’ Still to this day, I don’t know what he was helping him deal with, but I let it happen.”
He added: “He definitely charged him. Egypt got some money off that record.”
Despite being “jealous” of his son’s production credit, Swizz Beatz previously collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the Jadakiss and Styles P-assisted “Something Dirty/Pic Got Us,” from his POISON album in 2018.
They also teamed up on Reek Da Villain’s “Go Off” alongside Ace Hood in 2015.
Elsewhere in his chat with Jennifer Hudson, Swizz Beatz spoke about Egypt’s musical growth and explained how he and his wife don’t force their kids down paths they don’t want to take.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “The one thing that we don’t do is force things on them. You know, we don’t force art, we don’t force music. What we force is good intentions.
“As long as you have a good intention on what you’re doing, we’ll support it. But it’s not like, ‘You have to be this way.’ We have to let the kids be who they gonna be, but guide them in the right way and not put the pressure on them.”
The Ruff Ryders legend also revealed Egypt was handsomely rewarded for playing the piano on stage with Alicia Keys during her tour last summer.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “He charged her though, yeah, he charged her. I was like, ‘You’re gonna charge mom?!’ He said, ‘No, no, no, no, I’m not charging mom, but the network got the money.’
“I said, ‘Okay, I understand.’ I think he charged the network $500 and a computer or something like that. He’s aboout that.”