Published Feb 22, 2011Another rap figure with his own day of the week, producer and Alicia Keys' baby daddy Swizz Beatz, has been leaking tracks with his own Monster Mondays for a while. This week's edition is "Top Down," a track that Swizz produced for Nas but ultimately shelved.
Nah Right points to an interview Swizzy did with MTV in 2007 about the track, where he said, "The record was originally for Nas... I got Nas's vocals already. But I can't do Nas, and his energy is not right on there. It would be dead weight. No disrespect, but it can't be dead weight if I can't make it feel like reality. I need the shit crazy. I need to shoot a video! It's gotta be another 'It's Me B -- hes,' but bigger. I could easily pull a Nas card and have people be like, 'Nas is spazzing on the verse.' But it has to be a movie. I got it. It just gotta make sense. I can get Nas, [Jay-Z] and [Jadakiss] on that. I can do that. It's light work, but it's gotta make sense."
We're not totally sure what that means, but we assume that's why this song has wallowed in obscurity over the last few years. A mid-paced party track with soulful horns, it definitely could have been a radio hit but it does lack the mom-pleasing pop appeal of Jay-Z's soulful hits.
Either way, "Top Down" can be streamed below or downloaded here.