Swizz Beatz has high hopes for Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s relationship. The rap queens almost came to physical blows in September when Cardi, 26, confronted Nicki, 35, during a New York Fashion Week party. But Swizz predicts the pair will kiss and make up soon – stranger things have happened.
In the months since, the female rappers have traded some seriously below-the-belt insults at each other very publicly, culminating in a full day of war via Instagram and Nicki’s Queen Radio in October. Simply put, it got pretty brutal and is not a feud for the faint-hearted. However, Swizz has an interesting take on the rap beef and believes it’s all part and parcel of being in hip hop.
The iconic producer, who has just returned to the scene with a new album Poison, told Metro.co.uk: ‘It’s just hip hop. Hip hop has always been controversial, competitive.
It doesn’t ruffle my feathers. ‘Hip hop was designed for the rebellious to express. It’s never been proper, it’s been about fighting and expression. Not that I condone violence but when I look at something like that – it’s hip hop.’ Ever the optimist, Swizz, 40, believes the tension between Nicki and Cardi will eventually simmer – to the point where they will even become friends similar to how Drake squashed his beef with Meek Mill this summer.
The Ruff Ryders star continued: ‘They’ll be friends this time next year. Look at Drake and Meek [Mill]. Look at 50 Cent and Fat Joe. This is hip hop. ‘They get into it in that moment then everybody comes round to their senses because it’s an entertainment business.
They’re not going to kill each other. It’s nothing.’ We hope so because there can’t be anymore shoes flying around.
While Cardi and Nicki were getting into literal and verbal scraps this summer, Swizz was enjoying fresh success with Lil Wayne new track Uproar, which he produced, getting everyone dancing much like Drake’s In My Feelings did.
Addressing the overwhelming response to the track, Swizz said: ‘I knew it was going to be special but I didn’t know the dance challenge was going to happen. I didn’t know it was going to get Lil Wayne to dance himself. ‘It was perfect timing coming and it’s cool to be a part of his comeback.’
The super producer continued: ‘Even when he was going through his thing, he never changed his energy with me, we always had a good friendship because I deal with him even when it’s not music. That’s the thing about the industry, don’t just deal with artists only when it’s about music or when you want something.
Call them on a Wednesday and ask, “How you feel today?” ‘We built that type of friendship.’ Perhaps telling of the recent beefs we’ve seen between female rappers, Swizz added: ‘There are too many divas. It’s all fake shit. I don’t know how to deal with it.