NEW YORK — OK, let's just change Swizz Beatz's nickname for right now.
We're no longer calling Swizz the "One Man Band Man," which is also the title of his August 21 album (see "Swizz Beatz Scraps One Man Idea For Kanye, T.I., Pharrell: 'Do I Tell These People No?' "). We're nicknaming him the "All-Day Band Man." This dude can go. He finds time for his family, his fans and his friends in less than 24 hours and still gets work done on his album. How many artists do you know who start the day at 9:30 in the morning in a helicopter — coming from his house en route to Manhattan — and still have enough energy to kick a freestyle with Kanye West at 4:17 a.m. the next day jam in an RV driving around Brooklyn?
While you use up your lifelines calling friends to find the answer, all you have to do is sit back and relax and watch. Sort of like we did. (Well, not too much relaxing. Swizzy stays busy, ya know.) We had the opportunity to hang out with Swizz for most of his day. Shortly after he landed in the morning, Swizz taped a TV show with T.I. (or was it T.I.P.?) and EPMD, then we caught up with him and his son "Lil' Swizzy" (does that make him the One Boy Band Boy or the One Man Band Man Jr.?) as they signed autographs and took pictures at the Adidas store in lower Manhattan.
And if you think that was the end of the day, then obviously you forgot about the aforementioned freestyle session with Kanye — but that was only after getting a beat from Pharrell Williams at Sony Studios and chilling with L.A. Reid and Babyface at a party in Tribeca. No wonder Swizz yells "showwwwtyyyyyme" every five minutes: He does it big.