Swizz Beatz
American rapper
Swizz Beatz
Kasseem David Dean, better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, disc jockey, creative director, fashion designer and painter from New York City. At the age of 16, he gained attention in the hip hop community through his friendship with rapper DMX. He found a protege in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, who helped Dean launch his label Full Surface Records. About.
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Alica Keys' New Song 'Blended Family' Is An Anthem For Modern Parents
Huffington Post - 5 months
If your family tree is a little bit complicated, Alicia Keys’ new song is bound to hit home.  On Friday, the R&B singer released “Blended Family (What You Do For Love),” a collaboration with rapper A$AP Rocky that touches on her family’s backstory: Key’s husband, producer Swizz Beatz, was still legally married to singer Mashonda (mom to his son Kasseem Jr.) when he and Keys got together in 2008.  Though there was initial drama between the parents, eventually they became a tight-knit blended family. (The trio were even spotted vacationing with their kids Egypt and Kasseem in 2014.)  In the song, which is streamable below, Keys sweetly addresses her relationship with Kasseem and Mashonda. “I know it stated with a little drama / I hate you had to read it in the paper / But everything’s alright with me and your momma / Baby, everybody here you know adores you” On Instagram, Keys gave some commentary on the love-filled track, which is from her upcoming alb ...
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Alica Keys' New Song 'Blended Family' Is An Anthem For Modern Parents
Huffington Post - 5 months
If your family tree is a little bit complicated, Alicia Keys’ new song is bound to hit home.  On Friday, the R&B singer released “Blended Family (What You Do For Love),” a collaboration with rapper A$AP Rocky that touches on her family’s backstory: Key’s husband, producer Swizz Beatz, was still legally married to singer Mashonda (mom to his son Kasseem Jr.) when he and Keys got together in 2008.  Though there was initial drama between the parents, eventually they became a tight-knit blended family. (The trio were even spotted vacationing with their kids Egypt and Kasseem in 2014.)  In the song, which is streamable below, Keys sweetly addresses her relationship with Kasseem and Mashonda. “I know it stated with a little drama / I hate you had to read it in the paper / But everything’s alright with me and your momma / Baby, everybody here you know adores you” On Instagram, Keys gave some commentary on the love-filled track, which is from her upcoming alb ...
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Nearly A Decade Later, Harlem's Fashion Row Continues to Take on NYFW
Huffington Post - 5 months
Swizz Beatz accepting the HFR ICON 360 Award Image by Marcus Rosendoll Nine years ago, I had an idea to produce a fashion show in Harlem, which would later be known as Harlem's Fashion Row (HFR). Over the years, my purpose for HFR has become clearer than ever; I now realize, I'm the vessel that's being used to provide a platform for multicultural designers. At HFR's 9th annual Fashion Show and Style Awards, sponsored by CoverGirl and Motions, I reminded the audience that HFR is ours. Some people would say the fashion industry is not warm and definitely not friendly; however, I've experienced something quite different. There are more people than I could even begin to name that have allowed HFR to succeed. Before our designers presented their collections, we acknowledged those in this industry who have made exceptional accomplishments. They all had the most incredible stories behind their rise to the top. We honored Elaine Welteroth, the Editor of Teen Vogue, Kyle Hagler, the pr ...
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Night Out: Swizz Beatz’s Music Studio Is Basically an Art Gallery
NYTimes - 5 months
The hip-hop artist and music producer started his art collection at the age of 18 with a photograph by Ansel Adams.
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Alicia Keys Slays In A Mesh Top And No Makeup At New York Fashion Week
Huffington Post - 6 months
Alicia Keys has repeatedly made good on her promise to go makeup-free since making the pledge back in June, but her latest look is sheer perfection. Keys attended Tom Ford’s runway show at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with husband Swizz Beatz, wearing a pale pink and black suit paired with just a bustier and mesh shirt. The singer, who showed off her fierce new natural look at the BET Awards and VMAs this summer, also posed with her husband for a downright dreamy portrait during the show:  Portraits of tonight’s TOM FORD AW16 Show guests @aliciakeys and @therealswizzz. Photographed by @inezandvinoodh #TOMFORD #TFAW16 A photo posted by TOM FORD (@tomford) on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:11pm PDT It’s always refreshing to see a celebrity embrace their natural side, but we have to applaud Keys for her commitment, especially during an event like Fashion Week. It’s a welcome break from the done-up norm.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of ...
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Kim Kardashian Caught Staring At Beyoncé In This EPIC MTV VMAs Afterparty Photo Is The Best Thing That Happened! - PerezHilton.com
Google News - 6 months
PerezHilton.com Kim Kardashian Caught Staring At Beyoncé In This EPIC MTV VMAs Afterparty Photo Is The Best Thing That Happened! PerezHilton.com What we wouldn't give for a seat at this table!!! After Sunday night's MTV VMAs, power couples (from left to right) Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Lauren Branche and Steve Stoute, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, and Cassie and ... and more »
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Beautiful Places Around The World
Huffington Post - 6 months
Savannah, London, Brooklyn. In 2016, that might be your list of places to visit next year, or maybe it’s your preschooler’s new class list. City, state and country names for kids have gone mainstream, and plenty of parents are borrowing baby naming inspiration from the map. Celebrity parents are no exception. In fact, they’ve introduced some intriguing options for our sons and daughters. Here are a dozen of the best “star baby” place names worth considering. Alaska Model Anne Vyalitsyna hails from Russia. Her tech guru fiancé Adam Cahan is originally from New York. Apparently, the couple named their daughter Alaska because that’s where the U.S. and Russia meet. A record number of girls were given the name Alaska in 2015 ― 60 total, including Anne and Adam’s daughter. Brighton A fashionable seaside resort, England’s Brighton has long been favored by kings and commoners. New York boasts a Brooklyn community by the name, immortalized in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoi ...
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Jay Z, Solange, Swizz Beatz Share New Music Inspired by Police Violence
Yahoo News - 8 months
"A little boy got shot down today/ I hope his family is OK/ Is it our race that pay/ I hope the whole world be OK."
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Scene City: Still Inspired by Gordon Parks
NYTimes - 9 months
Swizz Beatz and Usher were among those who celebrated the influential photographer and artist at a gala.
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A Day In The Diamond District With Gabriel Jacobs, Jeweler To The Stars
Huffington Post - 9 months
We sat in the corner of Gabriel Jacob's New York City store Rafaello & Co. surrounded by pictures of his famous clients. Signed portraits of Jay-Z & athletic jerseys adorned the walls. When Floyd Mayweather and a slew of other stars are itching for ice, they seek out Gabe. In his own words, he's a fifteen year overnight success finally reaping the rewards of his efforts. During our talk his phone wouldn't stop going off. But he picked up only one of the calls. He gestured for everyone to quiet down before putting the phone on speaker. "Hello?" he said. "Are you coming home?" a young voice asked on the other end. "Daddy is doing an interview" "Oh okay... well can I call you back? I have another call" Needless to say, we couldn't hold back the laughter. "Even my own daughter has to call me back because she has another call!" he said. The conversation sums up Gabe pretty well. Despite the glamour & glitz of his industry, & the nonstop stream of incoming busi ...
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The Man Behind The Compound
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo Credit: Jimmy Giambrome Real creative people need true creative studios to work. The legendary Andy Warhol had one called The Factory, and it was where he made the magic happen. The Factory was a meeting place for artists and musicians alike. Individuals like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dalí were regulars. But for some reason these days there seems to be less people taking advantage of creative spaces. Places where energy can flow to allow and even enhance creativity. One such place the concept is lacking is hip-hop. Though all artists work in studios the concept has downsized to small rooms anywhere a mic can fit. That is not the case with The Compound in the Bronx though. Started by DJ Set-Free, The Compound is a new age creative art studio. And it is where the biggest names in the genre are collaborating to bring the fans true innovation. It was a Wednesday evening this past September in a marijuana smoke filled room when I met DJ Set Free. We were th ...
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Photographer Jonathan Mannion Presents Limited Edition DJ Slipmats
Huffington Post - over 1 year
New York - The 4th Annual Global Spin Awards will be hosted by Producer Swizz Beatz on November 17th. The award ceremony honors celebrated DJ's for their contributions in the music industry. As part of their effort to represent the culture, Power Moves Inc. (PMI) and SM Event Group decided to launch the first ever Global Spin Expo - offering fans a chance to rub elbows with their favorite radio DJ's, purchase exclusive equipment and bring together the DJ community. Amongst the vendor booths, legendary hip hop photographer Jonathan Mannion erected an awe-inspiring Wall of Fame, but not just any wall, a wall lined with 12" custom slipmats with iconic photos taken by Mannion himself. Artists such as Aaliyah, Biggie, and Ol' Dirty Bastard are just a few clients Jonathan decided to honor on his Limited Edition collection of slipmats. "My good friend MC Serch, Michael Berrin, offered me an opportunity to participate and basically told me to do whatever I wanted." As a true hip hop fan, ...
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Alicia Keys Runs NYC Marathon For A Good Cause, Shares Inspiring Video
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Swizz Beatz
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In March 2016, Dean announced that his son Egypt, was a credited producer on Kendrick Lamar's compilation, Untitled Unmastered'.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    In May 2014, Dean was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame, where he received a street named in his honor, called “Swizz Beatz Street.”
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    In April 2014, Dean was accepted into Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management executive program.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    In early 2013, Swizz Beatz invested in and joined the board of Monster, and became involved in product management and marketing activities.
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    Subsequently, Swizz Beatz returned to Aston Martin for 2013.
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    On August 23, 2013, he released "Hands Up", a new single featuring American rappers Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, he became a partner involved in the popular clothing company Kidrobot, a creator and retailer of limited-edition art toys and clothing. On Twitter in 2010, Swizz Beatz revealed his new sneaker line with Reebok. Swizz Beatz is an avid art collector and connoisseur actively projecting and displaying his taste via Instagram. The curated collection of favourites was first introduced at SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach and has since become known as The Dean Collection, it includes work from emerging and well established artists including KAWS (artist), Keith Haring, Cleon Peterson, Ernest Zacharevic and Erik Jones. Swizz also paints in his free time. He donates the money he earns from his paintings to the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation. In 2010, Swizz Beatz become involved in the design and launch of the Aston Martin Rapide. In 2011, Swizz Beatz became the official face of Lotus cars until CEO Dany Bahar left the company.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    On November 2, 2012, he released a new single titled “Everyday Birthday”, featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris.
    More Details Hide Details Swizz Beatz produced the song with Jukebox.
    In October 2012, at the 2012-2013 New York Knicks Season Tip-Off event at the Beacon Theater on 73rd Street and Broadway, special guest Swizz Beatz performed a 10-minute medley of his hits, alongside the New York Knicks' City Dancers and premiered the starting line-up theme song for the upcoming season, which he produced.
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    On March 7, 2012, Swizz Beatz announced that he would be releasing a mixtape titled Limitless, featuring guest appearances from DMX, Nas, Rick Ross, The LOX and ASAP Rocky, the latter of whom is featured on the first single, "Street Knock".
    More Details Hide Details On March 22, 2012, "Street Knock" featuring ASAP Rocky was premiered on "The Angie Martinez Show".
  • 2011
    Age 32
    Protegé Musicman Ty and Naki "Snagz" Levy were the first acts to sign with Monster Music Publishing, and on May 21, 2011, he further confirmed that Dr. Dre was working on the album with him.
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    In July 2011, Swizz Beatz said instead of releasing all of the songs at once, he would release the tracks over an extended period of time: "Let me clarify: Haute Living is still coming, but as far as releasing all on one day, I'm not doing that no more,” he said. “I want to just drop singles from Haute Living instead of 'I'm coming on September 13.'
    More Details Hide Details I'm like, 'You know what? Let me make every song an event, instead of just that one day being an event.'" Swizz Beatz and his Monster Music Group signed a joint venture with Imagem Music USA. In a press release, the artist confirmed his excitement at his upcoming partnership with Richard Stumpf and the entire group over at Imagem Music, saying: "This partnership will enable me to further develop my group of talented producers and also introduce many new producers and writers to the world”.
    In May 2011, during an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Semtex, Swizz Beatz announced the release of his upcoming third solo album Haute Living, would be released on his birthday, September 13, 2011.
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    In an April 2011 interview with Paper Mag, Swizz Beatz revealed that a few yet-to-be-released special collaborations will appear on the album including one titled "Skyscrapers" featuring Kanye West and Bono: "We got this song–it's me, Bono and Kanye on this one song called “Skyscrapers.” I recorded with Kanye in the studio and then I recorded with Bono in this actual studio right here.
    More Details Hide Details Mary J. Blige is on the album too; John Legend. But they're all on the album in super amazing ways. It's not like a compilation–it's a nice mixture of creativity. I had no boundaries with it; I had great partners on the album–Reebok was supporting me.
    His first Grammy Award came in 2011, awarded in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for a track entitled "On to the Next One" teaming him with American rapper Jay-Z.
    More Details Hide Details The first promotional single from Haute Living was entitled "Everyday (Coolin')", features a verse from Eve, was produced by Joe Lindsay, and was released through monstermondays.com on March 28, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In November 2010, Swizz Beatz previewed the album and confirmed guest appearances from Bono, Travis Barker, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Mary J. Blige and John Legend, as well as his wife Alicia Keys.
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    Rather than being released under his own imprint, the album is set to be released under his legal contract with Everest Entertainment/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group, who signed the rapper in August 2010.
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    On August 23, 2010, he revealed his second album's title would instead be Haute Living.
    More Details Hide Details While being interviewed on BBC Radio, he announced that he was planning to release it on September 13, to coincide with his birth date.
    In May 2010, Beatz confirmed he was engaged to Alicia Keys, and that she was pregnant with his fourth and her first child. During the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the couple took part of a union and had the unborn child blessed in a Zulu ceremony, which took place in the Illovo suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Dean married Alicia Keys on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. Alicia Keys gave birth to their son Egypt Daoud on October 14, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On July 31, 2014, it was confirmed that Dean and Keys were expecting their second child together, born Saturday, December 27, 2014; a baby boy, Genesis Ali Dean. In 2012, Dean was appointed as the Global Ambassador for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).
    Inspired by GOOD Fridays the 2010 weekly series of free mp3s from Kanye West, Swizz Beatz launched his own series entitled Monster Mondays later that year.
    More Details Hide Details The first offering, "DJ Play that Beat", featured Estelle, and was released on October 25. Other Monster Monday tracks feature Rakim, Pusha T, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell and many more.
    On February 12, 2010, he and 81 other artists including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, and Usher, debuted "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    In May 2009, it was confirmed that Dean and Alicia Keys were in a relationship after almost a year of speculation.
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    In 2009, Swizz Beatz produced many popular singles including "Nasty Girl" by Ludacris featuring Plies, "Who's Real" by Jadakiss featuring OJ da Juiceman, "Million Bucks" by Maino, "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston, "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne, and "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z.
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    On April 24, 2009, he released a promotional song for Hennessy Black, entitled "When I Step in the Club".
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    In March 2009, Swizz Beatz released a song titled "You Stay on My Mind".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 28
    In late 2007, in an interview with Format Magazine he had announced the title as Life After the Party saying: "The opportunities that I've got from doing my album (One Man Band Man) are much bigger than just producing.
    More Details Hide Details A lot of things came from me being able to put a voice to my face. It was me just expressing myself and having the opportunity to – it was the one man band. And now I'm doing part two, which is Life After the Party."
    On August 21, 2007, Swizz Beatz released his debut studio album, One Man Band Man.
    More Details Hide Details The album, preceded by the lead singles "It's Me Bitches" and "Money in the Bank", sold 45,000 copies in its first week. Two months later on October 19, he launched a contest called "Share the Studio", presented by Music Video 2. and The Source magazine. The contest was intended to be a continuation of the work from his debut album. Later that same year, Swizz Beatz signed former Ruff Ryders cohorts and longtime friends Drag-On, and Eve, to Full Surface Records. He also signed legendary Cleveland-based hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, where they later released their seventh studio album Strength & Loyalty in May, which Swizz Beatz executive produced. In 2008, Dean began working on his second studio album.
    He later released his debut studio album, One Man Band Man, in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Swizz Beatz has produced multiple hit singles for several prominent artists throughout various music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul and R&B. His catalog includes "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" (DMX), "Banned from T.V." (Noreaga), "Gotta Man" (Eve), "Jigga My Nigga" (Jay-Z), "Party Up (Up in Here)" (DMX), "Check on It", "Ring the Alarm" (Beyoncé), "Good Times" (Styles P), "Bring 'Em Out" (T.I.), "Hotel", "I'm a Hustla" (Cassidy), "Touch It" (Busta Rhymes) and much more. Swizz Beatz was named the first "Producer in Residence" at New York University, for the 2010–2011 academic year. About.com ranked him number 27 on its list of the "Top 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers," while The Source placed him on its list of the "20 greatest producers" in the magazine's 20-year history. Fellow American rapper and music producer Kanye West has also praised Dean, calling him "the best rap producer of all time." Dean is married to American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    When Swizz Beatz released his first compilation album Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, in 2002, he began to get noticed for his production style and interesting ideas, as well as his protege and artist, Cassidy, who also started to gain recognition for his ability as well.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Swizz Beatz released two singles, "Guilty" and "Bigger Business", both of which charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Along with often being associated with Ruff Ryders and Roc-A-Fella Records, Dean began to expand his scope to include production of artists from more mainstream labels such as Elektra, Atlantic, Epic, Def Jam and Bad Boy Entertainment. His career largely grew from that point. In February 2007, design duo Heatherette staged their Fall 2007 New York Fashion Week runway show, and Dean was asked to mix the music.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In 2001, in a joint venture with Clive Davis, Swizz Beatz established his own record label, Full Surface Records, which became a subsidiary of J Records.
    More Details Hide Details The first artist signed was Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 19
    In 1998, Dean had met American songwriter Mashonda Tifrere, and the two subsequently began dating. In 2004, Dean and Tifrere married. In December 2006, their son, Kasseem David Dean, Jr. was born. Their first child had died as a result of a miscarriage. In April 2008, they announced their separation and plans to divorce after four years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Their separation became public fodder. Swizz Beatz also has a daughter Nicole, born in May 2008 with UK singer-songwriter and producer Jahna Sebastian, who he found out about in July 2009 and acknowledged immediately. He flew to London to take the DNA test in August 2009 and Jahna has confirmed in an interview, that he is a great father.
    Swizz Beatz then began producing major hip-hop songs released in 1998 such as "Banned from T.V." by Noreaga, "Money, Cash, Hoes" by Jay-Z and more.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he produced most of the songs of the Ruff Ryders compilation album Ryde or Die Vol. 1, as well as the bulk of Eve's debut album.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on September 13, 1978.
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