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Swizz Beatz

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The Bronx, New York (1994 – present)

Kasseem Dean (born August 30, 1978 in The Bronx, New York), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is a producer, rapper, actor, writer and painter best known for producing songs for artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, DMX, Drake, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige. The husband of Alicia Keys and the nephew of Ruff Ryders founders Chivon, Joaquin and Darrin Dean, he began his music career in 1994 serving as a producer for their label. He released his debut album One Man Band Man in 2007, it included the hit single Money in the Bank. His second album, Haute Living, is set to be released sometime in 2011. He was married to R&B singer Mashonda for four years and married Alicia Keys in September 2010.

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 became DMX’s hit single Ruff Ryders Anthem. He started working with Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella Records, Elektra Records, Epic Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Bad Boy Entertainment 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. Stories, that he started to get notices for his production style and interesting ideas. He released two singles “Guilty” and “Bigger Business” and both had music videos.[

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