Album: A Gangster And A Gentleman
Label: Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Swizz Beatz: “I think we did that at Sony, back when we were locking out their studios. I only used that sample because it said ‘I get high.’ Who doesn’t want to smoke good? That’s all Styles does. That song doesn’t represent me. I never smoked weed with Styles, ever. I don’t smoke weed like that. If I smoke weed, I’ve gotta be in Jamaica somewhere or on vacation.
“I like cigars. I’m like an aficionado with watches, artwork, cigars, fashion—that’s my thing. I’ve never been addicted to cigarettes, or weed, or drinking every day. I’m addicted to making history. Me and Styles make songs that get people high, like ‘Good Times’ and ‘Blow My Mind.’ That’s our chemistry, but now we’ve already done that. Now, if I give him something it’s got to be different.
“One thing about Styles is that his style—from his fashion sense to his business sense—has matured. He’s taken a turn. I remember Styles as the gully-gully, hoody-hoody, Timbo-wearing dude, but now I’m like, ‘What are you wearing?’ He’s got his name brands intact and he’s graduated which is a good excuse for me to give him something that’s bigger than he’s ever done.
“I take note of all those things and try to advance it to the next level. I use that as an opportunity like, ‘You know about all this shit, so I can justify giving you this song.’”