On his true debut album “One Man Band Man” producer Swizz Beatz tries to prove to the world that he is just as talented behind the microphone as he is behind the board producing songs. Swizz Beatz is one of the biggest producers in the world. He is known from his work with numerous artists including Jay-Z, DMX, Eve, T.I., Busta Rhymes and Beyonce. Back in 2004, Swizz released a compilation album “Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories”, but this is Swizz’s true debut solo album. Will Swizz be able to step to the spotlight as an artist or should he remain behind the scenes producing the hottest songs out?
The first single off of “One Man Band Man” is “It’s Me Snitches.” The song was produced by Swizz Beatz. The song shows Swizz at his best, an incredibly catchy beat, a competent level rap and a catchy hook. The song is incredibly catchy and doesn’t suffer from Swizz’s lackluster rhyming. The song is very popular and even produced a remix featuring R. Kelly, Lil Wayne and Jadakiss. That version is also featured on the album.
The second single off of “One Man Band Man” is “Money In The Bank.” The song was produced by Young World Music. The beat is incredibly catchy and the song has been very successful at radio. The lyrics are typical Swizz. They are very simplistic but not much more is expected from a producer.
On “Part Of The Plan” Swizz is joined by Chris Martin the lead singer of Coldplay. The song is very different than what you would expect from Swizz. The song is very catchy but a departure from the party theme of the rest of the album. The song is the most introspective that you can expect from Swizz and it is a welcome turn. Swizz shows that he actually has ability in front of the microphone to make it as an artist. The cameo from Chris Martin adds an almost eerie vibe over a surprisingly minimalist mellower track from Swizz Beatz.
“Top Down” is trademark Swizz Beatz. The track was produced by Swizz Beatz with co-production from Eric McCane. The song is another ostentatious song about how much jewelry Swizz has and how many cars he has. This is a typical theme found throughout the album.
On “Take A Picture” Swizz successfully samples Bill Withers’ classic song “Lovely Day.” The song is traditional Swizz; more bragging and shameless self promotion. The song also talks about his desire to please the fans. This is all you expect from Swizz though. He is a very talented producer as he effortlessly flipped the sample into a completely different song.
One main issue with “One Man Band Man” is the length of the album. The album is under 40 minutes long with most songs lasting no more than three minutes. Overall the album however is a welcome change of pace. While the lyrics are unimaginative, the high level of production truly proves that Swizz is a one man band. “One Man Band Man” gets 7 out of 10 for a solid album that has shown lots of artistic growth by Swizz. Be sure to look out for “One Man Band Man” when it is released on August 21st.