On June 28, Alicia Keys surprised the world with her new record, “It’s A New Day,” a track produced by her husband, Swizz Beatz, who says it won’t be a long wait for more.
“She’s in whole new creative place.,” Swizz tells Zap2It at the BET Awards on Sunday (July 1). “It’s a new day for music. It’s a new day for her spiritually, mentally. The concept is celebrating life, and that’s just the beginning of it. People are going to see how many parts of that record are going to come alive.”
Swizz describes Keys’ forthcoming album, a follow-up to 2009’s “The Element of Freedom,” as “timeless,” and says fans should be on the look out for new pieces any day now.
“There were a couple of other ideas that came together, including a few components that people are going to find out next week,” he says. “That’s the beginning of big starts. She’s a musical genius.”
On top of the family business, Swizz recently finished work on Nas‘ new album, “Life is Good,” out July 17, along with music for A$AP Rocky and Pusha T. He’s also got solo work underway, and continues contributing ideas to as Creative Director of Reebok Classics.
Yet while the artist said working his wife was “amazing,” he admits he’s uncertain about his son’s own musical aspirations.
The producer comments, “He’s more into basketball than music.”