Swizz Beatz and Kanye West: great friends, multiple time collaborators, fellow music legends and, for one night, competitors. The two battled it out on stage in front of 50,000 plus at Summer Jam 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Swizz had a coveted spot on the concert lineup and wanted to shake things up a bit. He called on Kanye to engage in a hip-hop soundclash of sorts with each legendary producer playing hits to hype the crowd and one-up one another.
"I’m from Chicago, but I do that New York shit too,” Kanye said before playing a portion of Jay Z’s “The Takeover.”
“You on my muthaf--kin turf today, playboy,” Swizzy told 'Ye in response. “I’m not even going to talk about how we do that New York shit."
“Drop that shit,” Swizz continued, followed by N.O.R.E.’s “Banned From TV.”
Kanye clapped back with “Stand Up” and Swizz countered with “The Ruff Ryders Anthem.” Kanye was ready though, coming back with Jay Z’s “Encore” and Swizz followed up with “Jigga My Nigga.”
Kanye smiled and told Swizz he needed to make a hit for himself and “Goldigger” came next.
The volley continued with Swizz playing “Money In The Bank.”
As for who won the battle? Tune in to Drink Champs every Thursday at 11 PM ET on REVOLT. Be sure to catch the re-air Saturday nights at midnight ET.
For now, we give you guys a breakdown comparison of the careers of Swizz and Kanye in celebration of their battle.
Sound We Love
Swizz Beatz: Non Samples
Kanye West: Soul Samples
Classic Singles Produced or Co-Produced
Swizz Beatz: 50
Kanye West: 96
Swizz Beatz: Ruff Ryders
Kanye West: Roc-A-Fella/ G.O.O.D. Music
Swizz Beatz: Alicia Keys
Kanye West: Kim Kardashian
Swizz Beatz: Reebok Kamikaze
Kanye West: Yeezy
Brand Affiliations Past and Present
Swizz Beatz: Kid Robot, Reebok, Bacardi, Kaws, Monster, Aston Martin, Lotus
Kanye West: Adidas, Nike, Louis Vuitton