SWIZZ BEATZ SAYS HIP-HOP ARTISTS SHOULD PAY TAXES TO PIONEERS WHO ‘PAVED THE WAY’
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Swizz Beatz wants you to put some respect, and money, on the names of the hip-hop founders!
During a late-night Instagram Live session with Joe Budden on Beatz’s Zone Radio, producer and hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz is petitioning to raise “a million dollars for each icon who started hip-hop”—or as Joe put it “rapper reparations”—for paving the way for other artists.
“The fact we’re not paying taxes on who started hip hop shows we don’t fucking really love hip-hop,” Swizz told Budden. “We need to be paying taxes to the creatives of hip-hop that gave us freedom of speech to go forward…Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash and Sugarhill Gang, minimum a million a piece.”
With a discography spanning over two decades, Swizz has always championed the state of hip-hop. He continues to make shock waves with Verzuz, the Instagram battle series he co-chairs with fellow producer, Timbaland, which has been the cornerstone of the current coronavirus culture.
What do you think of Swizz’s suggestion for artists to pay taxes to hip-hop pioneers?