Swizz Beatz has found a unique way to pay homage to the rapper’s who paved the way for the new generation.
“I want to raise a million dollars for each icon that started hip-hop, Kool Herc on down,” Swizz said during a virtual sit down with Joe Budden for his Swizz Zone Radio on Instagram Live. “The fact that we’re not paying taxes on who started hip-hop shows that we don’t fucking really love hip-hop. The fact that we don’t pay taxes as artists to those icons that paved the way, took the lower cut for the music that allow us to feed our families.”
Swizz also told Budden that “Every new deal that gets signed, one percent or half a percent should go toward rapper reparations.” These funds would go towards OG’s such as Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and Sugarhill Gang.
While Swizz did not outline exactly how these funds will be distributed, he did express that he would be heavily pushing the cause.
“We need to be paying taxes to the creatives of hip-hop that gave us our freedom of speech to move forward. I’m going to go so hard with that.”
Do you think the younger wave of rappers would be cool with a portion of their funds going in the hands of some of hip-hop’s veterans? It would certainly make for a few interesting conversations.