We gave it a B-
Producer Swizz Beatz’s impressive résumé stretches from the brutal simplicity of his ’90s work with DMX and Jay-Z to the burbling cacophony of his own current single ”It’s Me B—-es.” Yet One Man Band Man, his solo-album debut, is hampered by the bizarre decision to farm out most of the beatmaking duties to less skilled hands, leaving the spotlight on Swizz’s rote lyrics. It’s not all a loss, as he does produce five generally strong tracks. Unfortunately, they only reiterate the obvious: Swizz belongs behind the boards, not on the mic. B-
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The (Hook) Scientist
Is Coldplay’s Chris Martin the next T-Pain? He’s been making a lot of cameos on rap songs.
Swizz Beatz’s melancholy ”Part of the Plan” samples Martin’s voice from the ’05 Coldplay tune ”X&Y.”
Last fall, the singer co-produced and lent his choirboy pipes to Jay-Z’s contemplative ”Beach Chair.”
Martin will appear on the track ”Homecoming” from Kanye West’s Graduation album, out in September.