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 [article id="1630021"]song to benefit Haiti relief efforts[/article].
"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 [article id="1630013"]"Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief."[/article] 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.
[article id="1629607"]Head here[/article] 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 [article id="1629832"]MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon[/article], airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.