According to Swizz Beatz, helping out the devastated nation of Haiti is not only positive, but necessary.
"I think the important reason to donate to this cause, no matter how much money is being raised or has been raised ... you gotta understand, Haiti has been in shambles way before this event," the producer said backstage at the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon. "Now you have the real madness that puts the focus on Haiti. If you look at what they been going through before and what they been going through now, it's gonna take more than money. It's never enough money. You have to rebuild a whole place. This is not just rebuilding a couple of homes — you have to rebuild everything over again. I think that knowing that the money is going to a great cause — 100 percent of the money is going to a great cause — you should donate and sleep good at night.
"Sleep good at night knowing you did something for somebody," he continued. "Whether it's a little kid, a father, whether it's to help build a hospital that needs to be built — you can go to sleep knowing you did something amazing with your money that day."
Swizz is not only helping Haiti with his wallet, he also contributed his talent — he co-produced the charity single "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)." The song, which was performed Friday (January 22) on the telethon, features Jay-Z, Rihanna and Bono and The Edge from U2.
"It's important we as a global community all come together to help," Swizz declared. "Sitting in the studio and watching Haiti hurting, I knew immediately I had to do something. I reached out to my friends Bono and Jay-Z and asked for their help. Jay and Rihanna sent their vocals and that same night Bono and I went into the studio."
"When the sky falls and the earth quakes, we gonna put this back together/ We won't break," Jay-Z raps on the track. "Can't wait until tomorrow," Bono and Rihanna sing in unison on the chorus. "Not gonna leave you stranded, alone."
iTunes customers can exclusively pre-order the "Hope for Haiti Now" full-performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities, including the Red Cross and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation. Performances will also be available for purchase in the days following the event through Amazon's MP3 service and Rhapsody, through distribution provided by INgrooves.