Swizz Beatz has crafted chart-topping Billboard hits and received numerous awards, however there’s one track in particular he produced that he still considers his absolute best.
Swizzy joined Mike Tyson and DJ Whoo Kid’s “Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson” podcast earlier this month and revealed that booming “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” along with his late close friend and collaborator DMX as his greatest.
“For me, I’ma always say [‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’] because that was the beginning of knowing that I actually had something.”
“I knew I was having fun with what I was doing. I never did the music for the highlights, I did it for them to play it on the block, play it in the club, play it in the skating rinks, play it on the radios, play it out your cars. I was good with that right there. I didn’t know that you can make real money from it.”
Swizz recalled the moment when he felt he actually made it in the music industry as cars passed him all bumping the DMX anthem shortly after the song arrived in 1998.
“I remember [“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”] coming out and I was sitting on 125th St. in front of the mart and every single car was playing the song and nobody knew I did the song at this time. And I was just sitting back for hours like, ‘Damn, this is different.’”
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” served as the lead single for DMX’s debut album entitled “It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot”. The gritty tune only reached #98 on the Hot 100 around the time of its release, however eventually vaulted to #16 following DMX’s tragic passing in April 2021 at the age of 50.
X’s loss of life was ruled to be due to a cocaine-induced heart attack, which caused an absence of blood circulation to the mind.
Elsewhere in the podcast episode, Swizz reflected on the loss of the Yonkers legend, who was like a brother to him than a friend.
“For me, ever since I known DMX he was in pain,” he stated. “Ever since he was a kid. I just know that he’s in a better place now. He came to me in a dream, the whole thing, because I was definitely on a mission. Losing a brother so close, I never felt that before… Losing X, still to this day sitting on this couch talking about it, it don’t feel real to me.”