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|Born||September 13, 1978|
|Genres||Hip hop, alternative hip hop, experimental|
|Labels||Full Surface, Ruff Ryders Indy, Atlantic|
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Kasseem Dean (born September 13, 1978), better known by his stage name, Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer, DJ, rapper and painter. At the age of 17, he gained attention in the hip-hop world through his friendship with rapper DMX. Grady Spivey and rapper Cassidy helped launch his label Full Surface Records. He is married to R&B superstar Alicia Keys and has two sons with her and has other children.
Swizz Beatz produced hit songs for many elite rap, hip-hop soul and R&B, such as DMX ("Party Up (Up in Here)"), Beyoncé ("Check on It," "Ring the Alarm"), T.I. ("Bring 'Em Out"), Styles P ("Good Times"), Cassidy ("Hotel," "I'm a Hustla"), Busta Rhymes ("'Touch It") and many more.
In 2003 he began to expand his label; Big Tigger, Keith Sweat, Bounty Killer and Yung Wun were all in talks to signing with Full Surface but in the end only Yung Wun was signed. Yung Wun, whom Swizz took under his wing and was executive producer of his album, The Dirtiest Thirstiest and co-produced the lead single "Tear It Up.
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.
Swizz Beatz also was named the first "Producer in Residence" at New York University. This lasted from the 2010-2011 academic year.
Collaborations with Nicki Minaj
- "40 Bars" (Nicki Minaj freestyle)
- "Beef Stew" (Nicki Minaj freestyle)
- "Catch Me"
- "Here I Am"
- "Roman's Revenge"
- "Tambourine" (Nicki Minaj freestyle)
- "Wave Ya Hand"
- "Hands Up" (lead artist)