It's business as usual for [artist id="1161216"]Swizz Beatz[/artist]. He's been in the studio with a who's who of hip-hop and R&B: Drake, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Spragga Benz, Mary J. Blige, Gucci Mane, Diddy, Jay-Z and Trey Songz. But you have to imagine his favorite collaborator is [article id="1643057"]his fiancée, Alicia Keys[/article], who plays piano on Swizz's upcoming LP. The producer says that when he and his lady are in the lab together, it's a very free-flowing atmosphere.
"Me and A.K., we just love music," Swizz told MTV News over the weekend at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, where Keys was a headlining act.
"When we in the studio, we work on a lot of things that ain't planned. We was just in the studio vibing on some stuff for her album, vibing on some stuff for my album. We might use it, we might not use it. Anytime we in the studio, it's just musical genius, minds connecting on another level, which is always cool. I got a joint [that] she played on for my album with John Legend called "I'm a Star." It's stupid. John Legend killed the joint. The album is gonna be stupid. I got so many titles. I think I'm gonna let Twitter pick the title [of the album] for me. I'm having fun with the fans, getting them involved."
Swizz also spoke on working with his good friend [article id="1643022"]Mary J. Blige, who also headlined at the Essence[/article] festival.
"The record with me and Mary is called 'It's You,' " Swizz revealed. "And the winner is: It's you," he said, explaining the song's sentiment. "It's just a heartfelt record. It's not a bunch of screaming and yelling on it. It's something everybody can rock to. Everybody wants a winner in their life. That special person is you — you're the winner."
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