Swizz Beats and Timbaland are two of music’s biggest producers which is why their epic music battle will most likely be one for the books.
These two beat maestros started a hash tag, #imwiththesmoke on instagram, using it as part of captions to their back and forth videos in which they show off their production skills.
Kicked off by Swizz Beats, the two have now even sparked conversation among music icons like Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss and Styles P, with these heavy weight rappers each weighing in on the battle whose date is yet to be set.
Without picking their favorite, check out their comments.
“That’s two top tier ni***s going at it. That’s what the game need. The game needs that. Y’all two ni***s are like two of the illest ni***s so … y’all both my brothers, so I just want to watch it go down.”
“This is my generation. Being a student of rap, when I first started rhyming, what I used to do was check the fucking credits. This is something I don’t know if the kids are doing, but I’m going to explain it to you. Checking the credits is how I know I want to work with Swizz Beatz one day. I remember my favorite fucking beats, checking the credits, would say Swizz on it.”
“It’s going to be a tight one. It’s going to be a good one. We’ve got confidence in Swizz. Timbaland got a load of hits. I want to see it, it should be interesting.”
Styles P said;
“A lot of my favorite Timbaland joints are Justin Timberlake joints and kind of more pop joints,” he said. “I love both of them, they both make great R&B, they both make great hip-hop, they both make great pop and it’ll be great for the culture. Timbaland’s fam but Swizz is immediate fam, so love is love. We’re just interested to see [the battle].”
As entertaining as their videos on IG have been, there has been speculation about whether the battle may have actually been inspired by a real life beef, but Timbaland made sure to clear that up by posting that there is absolutely no beef between he and Swizz.
His post read;
A lot of people misunderstand what a competitive battle is. It’s not about destruction. It’s about 2 competitors with mutual respect and love, battling to bring the best out of each other. To elevate the art to a place where it couldn’t have gone on it’s own. To its plateau. I love Swizz and respect him just as much. But best believe that we are both going to come hard at each other and bring out the best of ourselves… It’s all about the music… It’s all about art… It’s all about the culture… It’s bigger then us. If we’re not going to change and elevate, then what’s the point?? #imwiththesmoke @therealswizzz
Swizz Beats is famous for producing hits such as ‘On To The Next One’ by Jay Z (Off of his The Blueprint 3 album) and Timabaland is known for producing Keri Hilson’s ‘The Way I Are’.
Follow their very enticing back and forth on their respective instagram pages.