Last month, some hip-hop fans were surprised to see a TwitPic of [artist id="1161216"]Swizz Beatz[/artist] partying with [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist]'s Bono. Recently, the two have come together for much more serious matters: a song to benefit Haiti relief efforts.
"Much love to Bono! His part is done now it's showtime!" Swizz wrote in all caps Wednesday (January 20) under a new TwitPic of him and Bono. "It is a blessing to have good people in your life!"
The new photo features the super-producer and the iconic singer holding up a sign that reads "One Love Haiti." A couple of weeks ago, Swizz told us he and Bono have been friends for a while.
"Me and Bono, he's a music lover," Swizz explained. "I'm a music lover. We knew each other for a while through [Interscope chairman] Jimmy Iovine. He's with Jimmy. We share a lot of mutual friends though the art world. Enrico Navarra, which is one of my art mentors, is one of his art mentors. We always hook up in France. I go to his crib, we go to Enrico's crib. He does art. It's like a musical/art/philanthropic relationship that's there. He's an amazing guy. He has an amazing family. He embraced me and my people with open arms. He's a brother."
On Saturday night, U2's The Edge told British radio host Dave Fanning of Radio 1 that Swizz was helping to spearhead the song for Haiti. "Last night we wrote a song," The Edge said about when the public will hear the next new U2 music. "Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song — finished, recorded and sent it back to them. So, that might be the next thing you hear from us!"
Swizz told RapRadar.com that the record with him, Jay and U2 has a working title of "Haiti Mon Amour," a.k.a. "Stranded."
It was announced Tuesday that Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna will perform together on Friday from London as part the telethon "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief." Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Stevie Wonder are also part of the program. The two-hour special will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT without commercials across MTV, BET, HBO, VH1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, the CW, CMT, E!, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, Oxygen, G4, Fuse and Centric.
Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.