Swizz Beatz Wants To Give $1M Each To Kool Herc, Melle Mel & Other Hip Hop Pioneers
As the Verzuz platform heats up on Instagram Live, Swizz Beatz is brainstorming with his peers to come up with the next potential battle.
During a recent Live conversation with Joe Budden for Beatz’s Zone Radio, the veteran producer threw around the idea of pitting Rakim against Big Daddy Kane in a “verses only” battle. Unsurprisingly, the topic of the Hip Hop architects evolved out of that discussion.
“I want to raise a million dollars for each icon that started Hip Hop,” he says around the 10-minute mark. “Kool Herc on down. The fact we’re not paying taxes on who started Hip Hop shows we don’t fucking really love Hip Hop. The fact that we don’t pay taxes as artists to those icons that paved the way, took the lower cut for the music that allow us to feed our family… Fuck the government.
“We need to be paying taxes to the creatives of Hip Hop that gave us freedom of speech to move forward. I’m going to go so hard with that — Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash and Sugar Hill Gang, minimum a million a piece.”