Swizz Beatz

Producer/Rapper Bronx-born beatmaker Kasseem Dean got his start in the music business selling mixtapes at a local barber shop. By age 16 he was producing for his uncles Dee and Wah Dean and his aunt Chivon Dean, who were launching the Ruff Ryders label. After producing DMX's "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," Swizz retired from haircutting for good and went on to produce smashes for Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and Kanye West, moving over a quarter of a billion records to date. Since the release of his 2008 album, One Man, One Band, Swizz has put more emphasis on performance, dropping simple, catchy rhymes on Drake’s “Fancy” and Jay-Z’s Grammy-winning “On To The Next One” from The Blueprint III. Perhaps his proudest production credit to date is the earthquake relief project "Haiti Mon Amour" featuring Jay-Z, Bono, and Rihanna, which propelled the Hope For Haiti album to the top of Billboard's album charts—the first digital album ever to do so. An accomplished painter, art collector, and car enthusiast, Swizz married Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys in 2010, and they now have a son together, his second.

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How Music Stars Celebrated Thanksgiving

Instagram photos from John Legend, J.Lo, Big Sean and others.

Out and About: Beyoncé Enjoys a Slurpee in NYC

Plus, pics of Diddy, Naomi Campbell, Jamie Foxx and more.

Alicia Keys Opens Up About Befriending Husband's Ex for Children's Sake

The singer says their kids can learn from having two mothers.

Instagram Photos of the Week: Rihanna Backs It Up for the 'Gram

Plus, pics of Kim Kardashian, Big Sean, Chris Brown and others.

Out and About: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Head Home After a Night in NYC

Plus, pics of Tinashe, NeNe Leakes, J.Lo, Stevie Wonder and others.

Alicia Keys Talks Philanthropy and Motherhood

We chat with the singer and her celeb friends at Keep a Child Alive Black Ball.
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