Kasseem Dean (born September
1, 1978 in Bronx, New
York) better known by his stage name Swizz
Beatz, although not of Swiss descent, is an American record producer and
Swizz, wife R&B singer
, and rapper Cassidy
helped launch his label Full Surface Records
With his aunt Chivon Dean, and uncles Dee and Waah Dean involved
with the Ruff Ryders
label, he began to
produce tracks at the age of 16. He sold his first beat at 17 which
's hit single "Ruff Ryders Anthem
". He started working
with Ruff Ryders
, Roc-A-Fella Records
, Elektra Records
, Epic Records
, and Bad Boy
and his career blew up from there. But it wasn't
until his first solo album, 2002's Presents G.H.E.T.T.O.
he started to get noticed for his production style and interesting
ideas. He released two singles "Guilty" and "Bigger Business" and
both had music videos.
Swizz Beatz has his own record label called Full Surface
which was helped developed by
Cassidy and is currently working on albums by Cassidy
, 2 Much,
, Busta Rhymes
, Whitney Houston
, Lil Wayne
, Bow Wow
, Lil Jon
also set to be recording the new album for his close friend
which is confirmed to be titled
Walk with Me Now
You'll Fly with Me
. He then produced fellow Bronx rapper
Remy Ma's single "Whuteva".
also confirmed he will be working with Jennifer Lopez
for the first time on her new
In February 2007 the producer mixed the music for design duo
's Fall 2007 New York Fashion
Week runway show.
Swizz Beatz released his first proper solo album titled
One Man Band Man
21, 2007, selling 45,000 records in its first week of release
including songs such as "It's Me
", and "Money in the
On October 19, 2007, as an extension to his first solo project,
Swizz Beatz launched a contest called "Music Video 2.0" and
Magazine Presents Share the Studio." The
contest and allows unsigned/indie music artists the opportunity to
compete on the Music Video 2.0 website for the chance to open for
Swizz Beatz at a NYC event.
Swizz Beatz also did an interview with MTV about his next album
stating he just leaked a record called "Hard Knocks" with Drag-On.
It's the first offering from Beatz's upcoming follow-up to One
Man Band Man
He later announced that his second album would be entitled
Life After the
April 24, 2009 Swizz Beatz did a promo song for Hennessy
Black, entitled "When I Step In The Club".
A video was made and was directed by Hype
Swizz Beats also helped produce and performs in I Can Transform Ya
by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne.
Swizz has a son named Prince, born in 2000, with an ex girlfriend.
In 2004, Swizz Beatz married R&B singer Mashonda
. In January 2007 their son Kasseem Jr was
born. In April 2009, the couple announced their plans to divorce
after four years of marriage. Rumors have since surfaced online
suggesting Alicia Keys
was involved in
the break-up , but Swizz dismissed the rumors saying that that is
far from the truth . In May 2009, Swizz Beatz admitted to having a
relationship with Alicia Keys. He explained that he's kept their
relationship under wraps because he didn't want to aggravate
Mashonda and says that what he and Keys have is "so
Swizz Beatz is a painting collector and a painter himself on his
own free time . He donates the money he earns from his paintings to
the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation.
Awards and Nominations
Urban Music Awards