The high-flying hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz released “Pistol On My Side,” a boisterous collaboration with Lil Wayne, on Friday. The track will appear on Swizz Beatz’s upcoming solo album, Poison, his first full-length since 2007.
“Pistol on My Side” opens with an ostentatious orchestral passage, as if it’s the theme to a James Bond movie. Then a crooked piano lick and fierce drum-bursts sweep away the pomp. Lil Wayne raps with his characteristic tongue-twisting charm; Swizz Beatz adds energy-raising ad-libs.
In the video for the song, Lil Wayne swigs from a canister of gasoline, pours it all over a piano, and lights the instrument on fire. At the end of the clip, Alicia Keys — who is married to Swizz Beatz — shows up and begins playing the burning piano. Her keyboard riffs bring “Pistol on My Side” to a somber close.