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Published on April 17th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


New Music From the Smash EPIX Series Godfather of Harlem Season 2

Epic RecordsEPIX, and Swizz Beatz present new music from season 2 of GODFATHER OF HARLEM, starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker and produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios, premiering Sunday, April 18th on EPIX. Once again, GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic producer, rapper, DJ, entrepreneur, and cultural connoisseur Swizz Beatz has returned as Executive Producer of the Official Soundtrack, curating a slate of hard-hitting anthems. The first two songs from the second season—“Prince Hakeem” featuring India Shawn & ADÉ and “Been To War” featuring Swizz Beatz, DMX & French Montana—have arrived today.

Orchestral choir and strings herald “Prince Hakeem” as cymbals simmer beneath a show-stopping and soulful vocal performance by LA based singer/songwriter India Shawnbefore DMV spitter ADÉ pulls up with knockout bars. Then, there’s “Been To War.It projects the power of late legend DMX. DMX practically tears right through the beat with his immortal bark as French Montana locks into a smooth signature flow, providing the perfect counterpoint.

Regarding the new music, Swizz commented, “It’s an honor to be back with my GODFATHER OF HARLEM family. As sweet as the return is, the passing of my brother X weighs heavy on everyone. I hope you can feel his hunger and spirit in ‘Been To War’.  X couldn’t wait for people to hear this.  It’s got that same power that made us all believers. I love you, and this is dedicated to you.”

Expect new music weekly from the forthcoming GODFATHER OF HARLEM Season 2 Soundtrack.


One of the most revered, respected, and renowned producers of this century, Swizz Beatz played a major role in the architecture of modern hip-hop, R&B, soul, and pop with an unbeatable discography. That arsenal of hits spans era-defining smashes such as JAY-Z’s “Jigga My N****” and the GRAMMY® winning “On To The Next One,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” T.I.’s “Bring ‘Em Out,” Kanye West’s “Famous, and many more. He holds the distinction of being New York University’s first “Producer In Residence. He has graced top producer lists by everyone from The Source to About, while Kanye West dubbed him, “The best rap producer of all time.” In 2020, he joined forces with Timbaland to create VERZUZ. It began as a casual online live “battle” between these two old friends and expanded into a culture-defining force and “the most successful livestream music platform in history” now acquired by Triller Network.



Godfather of Harlem Season 2 finds Bumpy Johnson battling the New York Crime Families for control of the lucrative and murderous “French Connection,” the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor.  With a distribution syndicate that includes black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X’s message of black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians but his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself.  Once again, Godfather of Harlem explores the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year of 1964.

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