In case you were wondering if we really do go to the coolest school on earth, this week Swizz Beatz was named the official “producer in residence of NYU.” He even has his own professor website! In an official NYU press release, Swizz said, “I’m excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students.”
Swizz Beatz is scheduled to visit the Recorded Music department at least four times this semester — Nov. 5, 10, 18, & Dec. 3. The spring dates have not yet been determined. Last year, Swizz served on the Recorded Music Program’s Capstone panel, which evaluates graduating student’s final projects. This was a relationship nurtured by both Jeff Rabhan and Jason King, associate professors in the Recorded Music Program. Wondering if Swizz Beatz is qualified to be our “P.I.R.?” Here are 5 of his greatest productions.
“Ruff Ryders Anthem” by DMX
One of his first works and what made Swizz Beatz world famous, the track still is awesome all these years later. No matter what happened to DMX, Swizz is still on top and DMX’s rhymes go so well with this classic beat.
“Money, Cash, Hoes” by Jay-Z
This is a classic Hov track and still one of his best. Plus, it’s the inspiration for the Awl’s David Cho’s blog so I like it extra much.
“Hotel” by Cassidy ft. R. Kelly
If you didn’t grind to this in the 6th grade, I don’t know what you were doing. Let’s be real for a second people. This track is a banger. “AND I WANT TO GET WITH YOU CAUSE YOU’S A CUTIE.” You tell ’em Kells, you tell ’em.
“Fancy” by Drake
One of Swizz’s latest tracks — this still compares with his early works. Swizz also sings the hook on this one which makes it about a million times better. Great production on the breakdown at the end.
“Dr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Since he was freed from jail this week, I feel completely obliged to include this in here. FREE WEEZY…no more! Don’t have to worry about that one. This was one of the best tracks on Tha Carter III (which is saying a lot because that album is pretty awesome).