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Showtime! Grammy award winning hitmaker Swizz Beatz is back in the studio working on the new mixtape that he hinted at back in January. The K-Pop torchbearer recently told MTV’s RapFix blog that the new tape will feature verses from Nas, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky and former Ruff Ryder affiliates The LOX and DMX. He also admitted that it was Rozay who inspired him to put out new music for the streets.

“When the Rick Ross’ mixtape [Rich Forever] came out that inspired me to do a mixtape because sometimes people need to get back into the element of what you do, since they see you doing so many different ventures. My first single is with me and A$AP Rocky,” said Swizz.

The super-producer also said the mixtape is a perfect platform for collaborations that the Hip-Hop world has been waiting for. “People have to know that you can take it back to the basics and keep it hip-hop and keep it fun and just do what made you the person that you are,” he explained. “That’s why I think this mixtape is important. I’m vibing with Nas on it, Rick Ross, DMX, The Lox, people that everybody’s like ‘Man, when are you guys gonna do a track together?’ and ‘When is this happening? I thought the mixtape was a great way to bring that to life.”

Swizz’s upcoming studio album, Haute Living is due out later this year, with reported features from Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Swizz’s wife Alicia Keys.



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