Swizz Beatz and M.I.A. Talk Art, Tattoos During Studio Session
In the clip, a blond MIA asks Swizz, an avid art collector, about the Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring painting he has in his home. The 'Money in the Bank' rapper then showed off tattoos of both artists on his arm as well as of Shepard Fairey and Andy Warhol.
"I'm gonna get on there, I'm gonna design a tattoo," said the 'Paper Planes' singer-rapper, pointing to Swizz's inked up arms.
The two acclaimed artists were working on what is assumed to be a follow up to M.I.A.'s tepidly received 2010 album 'Maya.' Recently, M.I.A., born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, has been in the lab working with Polow Da Don and Chris Brown on new music as well. Swizz, born Kasseem Dean, has his own new album in the works, 'Haute Living,' and he told Rap-Up.com that he and M.I.A. have created five to six records that will be placed among their respective projects.
Alicia Keys' husband has had a very busy April; he gave a film scoring lecture at NYU, where he is a producer-in-residence, remixed the Knicks theme song for their short NBA playoff run and lent his remix handiwork for the music in Beyonce's 'Move Ya Body' exercise video.
Watch M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes'