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Album Review

Shortly after fellow rap producers Pharrell and Timbaland released solo albums of their own, Swizz Beatz served up One Man Band Man, and like those of his peers, it fails to fulfill its potential, held back by repetitive, inane raps and relentless, self-indulgent boasting. Prior to this misstep, Swizz had been on a hot streak. Most notably, he produced three of the best songs on Beyoncé's 2006 chart-topper B'day ("Get Me Bodied," "Upgrade U," "Ring the Alarm") as well as her number one soundtrack hit "Check on It" (from The Pink Panther). He'd also recently produced tracks for Jay-Z, T.I., the Game, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, R. Kelly, Eve, and UGK. Given such contacts, it's puzzling why Swizz didn't ask at least a few of these superstars to return the favor and contribute to his album. That's what Pharrell and Timbaland did on their respective solo albums, In My Mind (2006) and Shock Value (2007), and that's indeed what Swizz did on his previous album, G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories (2002). As expected, the productions are lively, no question about that (Eve's contemporaneous single, "Tambourine," is a good point of comparison). When the album's rare guest raps (Drag On on "Bust Ya Gunz"; Lil Wayne [whose gonzo verse is the album highlight], R. Kelly, and Jadakiss on "It's Me Bitches [Remix]") do turn up, they're a relief. Had Swizz included more guest features like these, and consequently put himself on the sidelines more frequently, One Man Band Man would be a much more enjoyable listening experience.

Customer Reviews

One Man Band Man-Swizz Beatz

Having been around for a solid 10 years, known for his hyped and energized production, Swizz Beatz a.k.a. Kasseem Dean brings his debut solo album, One Man Band Man. Product Man: The Individuals produce a bouncy piano beat, as Swizzy lets you know he "got that product man". Decent intro, would have liked more energy. 3/5 It's Me B****es: Great production by Swizzy, this is a club banger that has a great bounce to it. Lyrically it isn't anything special, but it gets by due to the catchy hook. 4/5 Big Munny: Nottz produced "Big Munny" has a head nodding beat with a catchy hook. Catchy track that has good energy. 3/5 Bust Ya Gunz: Needlz has a good production here that is better than "Big Munny" or "Product Man". Repetitive keyboard works nicely and the hook is catchy, especially with Swizz's "oohhhOOoooh". Its refreshing to hear Drag-On drop a verse, since Swizzy lyrically isn't too good. 3.5/5 You Know Your Boy Did That: Snags has some crazy production here, its not the mainstream type stuff. Its slow and unusual, but the bass and drums work well. Decent track. 3/5 The Funeral: Probably Swizz at his lyrical best with his storytelling of death in the hood. Neo Da Matrix's soulful sample and piano work and create a nice setting for Swizz. 3.5/5 Take A Picture: Swizz's sample of "Lovely Day" is heavily used as this summer laid back cut is nicely crafted. Lyrically it is pretty bad, the hook was decent, but it is just a good feel good track. 3/5 Top Down: E. McCaine and Swizz create a grand and anthemic like production, as Swizz brags about the usual, money, cars and women. Great beat, decent hook but lyrically not too good. 3.5/5 Money In The Bank: The second single that has been tearing up the streets, it has club banger written all over. Talks about a girl who acts like she has a lot but tries to get things off of rich guys like Swizz. Energy and hype by Young World Music production wise, and the chipmunk voice wil be hated or loved. Decent. 3.5/5 Part of the Plan: Chris Martin of Coldplay appears, after being on Jay-Z's "Beach Chair", he brings a sad and light hook. Swizz does well with this one, claps and piano blend to create a sad reality of the struggle. Nice track here. 4/5 It's Me...Remix: Lil Wayne kills it with his French related rhymes, taking the spotlight, as Kellz rap/singing are catchy and nice. As "everytime I shoot a shot it's like Swizz!", then Jada raps over a change of production. Good remix. 5/5 Swizzy's solo debut is filled with bangers and head nodding production. "It's Me B****es" and the remix are the obvious choices. "Money In The Bank" was okay, has energy and will rock clubs. So if you liked "Money In The Bank" and "It's Me B****es" you will likely like the album. The album isn't as great as Kanye West, Dr. Dre, or Pharrell. Lyrically he is not good, worse than Diddy, but he gets by with his high energized production blending with good production. Definitely for those who love bangers, not those looking for lyricism. Decent summer 07 album. Rating 7 out of 10

Swizz Beatz is worse than Yung Joc

Great Beats. But this album is horrible. He is a terrible rapper, probably worse than Hurricane Chris (who can't stay on beat) and Yung Joc (who is the biggest nursery rhymer there is). Swizz is always almost off beat, if not off. His flow makes no sense and has no pattern, and at least Joc has lots of flow and Hurricane Chris has some pattern to his offbeatedness (well, not really). And the lyrics? "Ring the alarm man/Call me the sand man/When i drop hits, i'm the one man band man." Wow. Even worse, "Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Cream get the money, dolla dolla bill y'all." First of all, how do you get off jacking the hook to CREAM? (For those who don't know, CREAM is the biggest song the Wu-Tang Clan put out.) And two, how do you get off having Jadakiss RAPPING OVER THE BEAT TO CREAM AT THE END OF THE REMIX!??! Swizz Beatz needs to produce and needs to stop rapping. He can't do it. Simple as that.

stick to producing

swizz beatz is some skinny dude that thinks he can rap i hate all his songs, he should stick to producing


Born: August 30, 1978 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Swizz Beatz was born Kasseem Dean in the Bronx borough of New York City. He relocated to Atlanta as a teenager, where he started to DJ parties. When his relatives became involved with the Ruff Ryders label, he began to produce tracks at the tender age of 16. Forgoing the practice of using samples, he used real instruments whenever possible and tried to accentuate the performance aspect of his music. He produced countless rap and R&B acts, from DMX to Eve, but he never really got much credit for his...
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