In an interview, Swizz Beatz discusses the MegaUpload legal battles, and opens up why he has delayed the release of his next album.
The producer was entering into negotiations to take on an executive position when MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI. Â Swizz was never named on the legal documents and is nowÂ defending himself as an artist saying he would never wilfully steal from other rappers and musicians, âIâm a fan of music, Iâm a fan of people who work hard and I would never be a part of anything thatâs taking anything from an artist when I fight so hard to give so much to the artistâ.Â He continues that he was giving back to the people making the music, âWhat I was doing I was giving the artist 90% of this shitâ.
Swizz further defends the file sharing site by saying, âThat company ainât never been sued for any of those things.Â You canât go and download...itâs called MegaUPLOADâ, he continuedâ, [T]hereâs other companies doing ten times worse things than that...they ainât getting touchedâ.
Finally, when speaking on the topic of MegaUpload he added, â[T]ime will tell everything...Iâm not gonna sit here and answer all these questions, cause I canât...my track record speaks for itself...Iâm in the business of inspiring, and I canât be in the business of inspiring if Iâm so-called ârobbing my friendsââ.
When speaking about the release of his next album, which seems mired in delays, Swizz was very open and candid, and says that the album will be released when heâs comfortable with the business aspect.Â âThe delay of my next album is...this musical business structure thatâs in place...I donât feel comfortable putting my stuff out...Until you feel comfortable you just gonna sit on that bitchâ, the producer said.Â
Swizz added that with technology rapidly changing, itâs not as clear cut how to monetize a record, and he said âfor the first time in technology history, motherfuckers are sharing...Until I find an outlet Iâm comfortable with Iâm cool to chillâ.Â Â
Check out the full interview below.Â