Swizz Beatz believes today’s rap stars who have made successful careers in hip hop should be paying their dues to the genre’s pioneering founders.
Speaking with Joe Budden during an Instagram Live session for Beatz’s Zone Radio, Swizz revealed he’d like to raise a million dollars in “taxes” for each founding member of hip hop.
“We can’t mix the hype with the reality of what this all started from,” Swizz said to Budden, after discussing his idea to host a Verzuz between Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. “I want to raise a million dollars for each icon that started hip hop — [from] Kool Herc on down.”
Swizz added "Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and Sugar Hill Gang, minimum a million a piece." Watch Swizz Beatz give his passionate petition for legends of hip hop below.
Watch the chat down below.