RESPECT. Interview: Swizz Beatz Kicks Off No Commission In Miami

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Grammy award winning producer Swizz Beatz, The Dean Collection and BACARDÍ are pleased to present the return of No Commission Miami: a unique three-day cultural experience that celebrates the fusion of sonic and visual art, molding the new generation of global artistic appreciation.

No Commission is more than an art fair. BACARDÍ and The Dean Collection have created a global movement that is genuinely helping shape and support artist’ careers. No Commission Miami is the sixth in a series of artist support collaborations. Past editions were held in Miami, New York, London, Shanghai and Berlin where artworks were sold and artists retained 100% of sales proceeds. Swizz Beatz launched No Commission at the Miami art fair two years ago. Since then, they’ve put over $3 million directly into artist pockets.

 A Grammy-winner once dubbed “the best rap producer of all time” by Kanye West, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has penned beats for Whitney Houston, Jay Z, Beyoncé and others. His No Commission platform is designed specifically to support both emerging and established artists alike. The injection of immersive music performances from event collaborator BACARDÍ, shakes up the traditional art fair, creating a unique, cultural experience for visitors that celebrates the fusion of sonic and visual art forms.

Kicking off today [December 7th to 9th], 2017 at Soho Studios in the Wynwood section in Miami, No Commission returns to its roots after a tour around the world where it has become a global revolution for the future of art and sound, where visitors will explore the intersection of experience and appreciation.

Find about more on the activation with the exclusive Swizz Beatz interview below!

Q: What are your major highlights this year with your music?

A: “Probably recent with Fab and Jadakiss. Also Jay‘s album and seeing him grow and to be able to talk about the topics that he spoke on.  A lot of my music inspiration has been coming from Africa. I’ve been a part of pushing this music to the US for years and years actually.”

Q: What are you looking forward to this year with No Commission?

A: “I’m looking forward to inspiring more and showing people that this is something that is global and something that has consistency. I want to people to know that the skies is not the limit it’s the view – meaning that I want our culture to having an entry point into art the right way.”

Q: Can you briefly describe your partnership with Bacardi and this year’s activation?

A: “It’s just a great celebration of art, culture, and music, and fashion, and people because there is no real platform showcasing and pushing the message for other artists.”

Q: What can fans expect next from you with Bacardi?

A: “Just in-general fans can expect the unexpected with me. I’m not trying to be regular, I’m just an advocate to pushing the culture forward. And as long as Bacardi wants to be apart of that then that’s great. Other than that I’m just on a vibe to move forward no matter who its with.”

Q: What should fans & viewers keep a look out for as far as your music and overall plan for the upcoming 2018?

A: “My fans can look out for “Poison” [laughs], next year I’ll drop that so fans will just get a different vibe to look out for. This album is showing a different vibe and I’m just going to have fun with it. I just want to get back to the raw hip-hop part of things in which I feel like we’re missing right now.”

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