Swizz Beatz

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Legal name: Kasseem Mike Dean (US hip hop producer, aka Swizz Beatz)

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Kasseem Dean (born September 13, 1978), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from New York City, New York. Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his musical career as a disc jockey (DJ) and has since added rapper, record executive, creative director and fashion designer, to his repertoire. At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry, through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records. Dean has released two albums under the label; the first was a compilation, titled Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, released in 2002. He later released his debut studio album, One Man Band Man, in 2007.

Swizz Beatz has produced hit singles for several prominent artists in various music genres, such as rap, pop, soul and R&B. His catalog includes "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 #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 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 G.H.E.T.T.O Stories Swizz Beatz 1
2007 One Man Band Man Swizz Beatz 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Get It on the Floor DMX feat. Swizz Beatz 1
2007 Money in the Bank Swizz Beatz 1
2007 It's Me Bitches Swizz Beatz 2
2009 I Can Transform Ya Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz 1
2010 All I Do Is Win (remix) DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe & Swizz Beatz 1
2010 Lord Lord Lord Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson 1
2010 So Appalled Kanye West feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi da Prynce 1
2011 Move Your Body Beyoncé feat. Swizz Beatz 1
2012 Ima Boss (remix) Meek Mill feat. T.I., Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz 1
2012 Throw it Away Slaughterhouse feat. Swizz Beatz 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Power (remix) Kanye West feat. Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz 1

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