Swizz Beatz looks back on son Egypt’s Kendrick Lamar collab

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At 5 years old, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys‘ son Egypt was credited alongside his father as a producer on Kendrick Lamar‘s “untitled 07” — an achievement the producer joked stirred up feelings of jealousy for him.

“I’m jealous as hell of that one. I thought me and Kendrick was cool,” he said while on the Jennifer Hudson Show. “But they kicked it off at the Super Bowl game, and I looked and him and Kendrick was talking for like 40 minutes.”

“I went over and said to Kendrick, ‘Is he bothering you? Should I move him? I know you enjoying yourself,'” Swizz continued. “He said, ‘No. Swizz, I had writer’s block and what Egypt is telling me is helping me deal with something.'”

He says he doesn’t know what Egypt was helping Kendrick deal with, but that his son “got some money off that record.”

Egypt, now 12, continues to go down the music route, playing piano during his mom’s tour last summer. Swizz insists he and Alicia don’t force art or music on their children, but rather good intentions.

“As long as you have a good intention on what you’re doing, we’ll support it,” he explained. “But it’s not like, ‘You have to be this way.’ We have to let the kids be who they gonna be, but guide them in the right way and not put the pressure on them.”


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