No. 21: Swizz Beatz Would Like To Reaffirm That It’s Him

jharv | December 17, 2007 3:00 am

Because the song at No. 21 sounds just as weird and wonderful now as it did last spring.

On his own excellent Best Of 2007 list, Idolator contributor Al Shipley had the following to say about Swizz’s zonked out “It’s Me Bitches/Snitches”: “If radio rap isn’t gonna be lyrical, the least it can do is be completely musically and structurally apeshit.” And considering the remix featuring Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, and Jadakiss somehow feels less disorienting than the original stop-start all-Swizz version, despite being stuffed with four times as many voices, it’s still something of a pleasant surprise that it (or the equally crazed “Money In The Bank”) was any sort of hit at all, even if the fact that it peaked at No. 83* probably proves that prime time wasn’t quite ready for a song that was more intro than chorus and more sound effects than verses.

Swizz Beatz – “It’s Me Snitches/Bitches” [YouTube]

* At least according to our occasionally incorrect pals at Wikipedia, where I also learned it sampled Joust!