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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 07: Swizz Beats performs at Swizz Beatz x American Express: Women in Art at Dream South Beach on December 07, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Swizz Beatz believes that new rappers need to pay respect to the hip-hop pioneers who came before them. During a recent Instagram Live interview, the producer said that he wants to collect “taxes” to give back to the pioneers of hip-hop, including DJ Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and Sugarhill Gang.

“I want to raise a million dollars for each icon that started hip-hop, Kool Herc on down,” he said, according to Complex. “The fact that we’re not paying taxes on who started hip-hop shows that we don’t [expletive] really love hip-hop. The fact that we don’t pay taxes as artists to those icons that paved the way, took the lower cut for the music that allows us to feed our families.”

“We need to be paying taxes to the creatives of hip-hop that gave us our freedom of speech to move forward,” Swizz Beatz added. “I’m going to go so hard with that.” “Every new deal that gets signed, one percent or half a percent should go toward rapper reparations,” he continued.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.