Swizz Beatz speaks of ‘worry’ for ‘misunderstood genius’ Kanye West

'Life Of Pablo' collaborator talks to NME following news of rapper's hospitalisation

Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has expressed his concern for Kanye West following news of the rapper’s hospitalisation.

West was reportedly hospitalised on Monday night (November 21) “for his own health and safety” after suffering from “severe sleep deprivation”.

Speaking to NME earlier today (Wednesday, November 23), Swizz – who was once labelled the “best rap producer of all time” by West and worked on his ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album earlier this year – said that he was “worried” for Kanye and “wished him the best”.

“I’m always worried about anyone that’s put in hospital, not just Kanye,” Swizz said. “I don’t really know that he’s going through or what’s going on. Until I speak to him or his family, you know, I just wish him the best and I won’t speculate.”

“He gave me props when we started writing together,” Swizz added. “He has a different way of expressing himself, he’s a true genius, a true artist, not always understood… he is the true definition of what an artist is, he’s not chained, he’s not on a leash so therefore he can run into some trouble sometimes but that freedom of expression, it’s what art is about, it’s about those guys like Kanye… he speaks the truth and I respect that.” 

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Swizz Beatz joins Pusha TJohn Legend and Chance The Rapper in sending his well wishes to West. Legend said he was “concerned” about the ‘Life of Pablo’ artist, while Chance sent “a very special prayer to my big brother, Kanye West”. Pusha T thanked West for the “endless opportunities you have brought to me”.

Earlier this week, West cancelled the remainder of his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour, after a concert in Sacramento where he controversially cut his set short after just 30 minutes following a rant about Beyonce, claiming that her husband and West’s former friend and collaborator Jay Z has the means to have him killed. He also recently caused controversy when he admitted that he “would have voted for Donald Trump”.