Swizz Beatz Discusses His Relationship With ‘Godfather Of Harlem’ Boss Bumpy Johnson

Swizz Beatz Discusses His Relationship With 'Godfather Of Harlem' Boss Bumpy Johnson

In preparation for the eagerly awaited third season of The Godfather Of Harlem, Swizz Beatz continues to serve as the show’s Executive Music Producer.

In the MGM+ series, Forest Whitaker plays notorious crime leader Bumpy Johnson, who is released from jail in the 1960s to discover his former neighborhood in ruins.

In the third season, Bumpy fights to regain control of Harlem after suffering a severe defeat at the conclusion of Season 2. Swizz claimed that because he can identify Johnson’s business savvy, he can put himself in Johnson’s shoes to create the series’ sound.

“I’m more of a Bumpy thinker. I’m a strategist like that,” Swizz Beatz said “I know how to deal with multiple sides like Bumpy. Which is why I travel so much and am able to network outside of just being from New York or the Bronx or even America. And Bumpy has that energy. So I feel like that’s my character. I think that if I was a character, it’s probably Bumpy, for sure.”

At the beginning of the season, when Bumpy had to practically start over, Swizz enlisted Jadakiss for the uncompromising track “Hustle, Repeat.”

“He lost everything at the end of Season 2, when the riots happened and they burned down the warehouse where he had the stash,” Swizz said. “He was about to own the game, and now he has to start it all over. So get money, hustle, repeat, Bumpy.”

On Funkmaster Flex’s radio show in the summer of 2022, Swizz debuted the song as part of his weekly challenge to seasoned New York MCs.

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