During a recent interview, Hot 97's Miss Info revealed that following their 2007 "beat battle" at Summer Jam, Kanye West and Swizz Beatz planned to release a collaborative album.
With Hot 97's Summer Jam taking place in two days, the radio station's staff have been busy giving interviews about their favorite moments at past years of the concert. Just days after sitting down with HNHH for an interview, the station's Miss Info revealed some previously-unknown details about a classic Summer Jam moment: Kanye West and Swizz Beatz' onstage "beat battle" in 2007.
“That moment when Kanye and Swizz went back and forth with their—It was like a beat battle,” Miss Info said. “Each one of them played their own hits back and forth and back and forth. It was so incredible because they became—they actually became different than their onstage personas. They became hip-hop nerds. And they went through their history. And they were beating their chests, but it was all in love. And the crowd just got to watch two amazing superstars sort of have a pissing contest. The best part was that afterwards they were so excited about it Swizz was telling me backstage that they wanted to do an entire CD like that. They wanted to do an album going back and forth.”
As seven years have passed since that performance, it seems highly unlikely that Swizzy and Yeezy's project will ever see the light of day, if indeed they actually recorded anything together. Either way, it's fun to imagine an alternate history where the pair of superproducers teamed up for the album and a joint tour. Below, watch a fan-shot clip from their 2007 beat battle, as well as Miss Info's full interview.