Swizz Beatz Dismisses Backlash To His & Timbaland's "Verzuz" Deal With Elon Musk

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Swizz Beatz attends the 2024 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on April 13, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
A lot of folks thought that Swizz Beatz and Timbaland made a mistake by aligning with a tech tycoon with accusations of racism against him.

The announcement of a new exclusive Verzuz distribution partnership with Twitter had many fans calling series heads Swizz Beatz and Timbaland out for allegedly "selling out." Moreover, this new initiative became news on Juneteenth, and followed much controversy after Musk supported a tweet on his platform that provided false comparative data of Black-on-white murder. However, Swizz took to Instagram on Friday morning (June 21) to double down on his support and on his belief that he and Timbo are doing what's right and best for them and the series without compromising on their values. He included a couple of other pictures of the meeting in which they apparently sealed the deal.

"We will show you better than tell you. Blessings to all," Swizz Beatz captioned the social media post. In the comments section of that post (which you can find below), he addressed some specific concerns. "But nobody said anything before we been on that platform since Verzuz started," the producer replied to a comment stating that folks have valid reason to be skeptical about this. "Verzuz been on this platform since day one !" he responded to a complaint that suggested they do this with another social media site. "People want to talk with out doing the homework . The convo always been on that platform King bless up!! and we're 100% black owned that's not enough we own 100% of the IP and company!"

Swizz Beatz's Latest IG Post: See Comments For His Retorts

However, Swizz Beatz did agree with a bizarre comment about his new Instagram post being what they should've posted on Juneteenth. In addition, he had this to say about someone that criticized him and Timbaland for apparently selling out and doing something that the people aren't feeling. "Trust me that was the last thing we did was sell out [crying-laughing emoji] relax you will understand in 1min."

Meanwhile, Swizz Beatz teased a lot when it came to the reunion of Tha Dogg Pound that landed earlier this year. Hopefully this means that there's much more new music on the way as well, regardless of what happens with Verzuz. It'll be exciting to see how it develops, even with these grievances and concerns in mind. All we can hope for is that he and Timbaland got a much better understanding of a hopefully beneficiary deal than we did.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.