As anyone who follows Swizz Beatz on Instragam knows by now, the super-producer has embarked on a new adventure recently, enrolling in the Harvard Business School for a nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program.
While a surprising move considering Swizz's massive success in the worlds of art (he's a collector), fashion (he works closely with Reebok, Monster, and Kidrobot), and of course music, Billboard reports that music veteran L.A. Reid attended the very same program after Clive Davis advised him to years ago.
Stopping by The Breakfast Club this morning to talk about his experience at HBS and desire to keep learning, Swizz explained, "I just felt like you gotta keep graduating your brand. A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they have done before, and I just wasn't comfortable with that."
"I started transitioning from being a producer to business owner, and I would be in these rooms, and no matter how big the deal is or how good it is, people would still look at me like, 'Oh, he's the rapper guy,'" Swizz lamented about the lack of respect he was getting as a business man who wasn't formally educated. "I didn't feel like I was getting the respect that I deserve, so I said, 'You know what? Let me go and sharpen my pencil a little bit' and really invest that time into myself."
"My room so small I can't even have a roommate," Swizz also explained about his living quarters up at Harvard's Cambridge campus.
"It's just a humbling experience, because that same small room could've been my jail cell," Swizz added, "Coming from where I came from and the things I been a part of, it's like, 'Man, I'm in this small room, but I'm here to educate myself and hopefully educate other people.'"
Amen to that.