Swizz Beatz gathered some of his friends at New York's Hard Rock Cafe to help VH1's Save the Music Foundation raise money in support of the Tri-State Sandy Music Relief Fund last Thursday (January 17), as part of the network's Songwriter's Music Series show.
The Foundation will provide special grants of instruments to schools affected by Hurricane Sandy, which impacted the northeast in October through the fund. With help from sponsors RAYMOND WEIL USA, Monster DNA Headphones, The Mizzy Jonas Family Foundation, Imagine Chocolate, Zico Coconut Water and Stir Events by Match.com, it was up to Swizz to bring the special guests.
Atlanta group Watch the Duck, along with Harlem up-and-comer Vinny Cha$e, warmed up the stage as opening acts. Duck performed music off their latest mixtape, Black Music on Molly, which they explained is not about the drug of the same name.
"For us, Black Music on Molly means music that takes you on a trip,like it's a rollercoaster. It's ups, it's down, it's emotional more than anything. We took music that we all play and jam to everyday and just added more elements to make it big and rollercoaster-ish. You can trip out to it, party to it, that's what it means to us.
When it came time for Swizz to hit the stage, Swizz delivered a few of his solo cuts, before bringing out his special guests such as Sean Paul, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana and Busta Rhymes, each of whom performed their own hits alongside Swizz.
BallerStatus caught up with French Montana on the red carpet before he hit the stage, and he gave us the scoop on what to expect from his upcoming video for "Sanctuary", which is dropping next week.
"Man my life story, everything that I went through. I'm pouring my soul out [in the video]," he said.
Swizz ended his show with a performance of "Everyday Birthday", and expressed hopes of making the event larger next year.
To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children.