Kasseem Dean was born on August 30, 1978, better known by his stage name, Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer, DJ, & rapper. At the age of 17, he gained attention in the hip-hop world through his friendship w/ rapper DMX. Grady Spivey and rapper Cassidy helped launch his label Full Surface Records. He is married to singer Alicia Keys & they are expecting their first child together in November 2010. With his uncles Chivon, Dee, and Waah Dean involved with the Ruff Ryders label, he began to produce tracks at the age of 16. He sold his 1st beat at 17 w/c became DMX’s hit single “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”. In 2001 at the age of 23 he established his own record label, Full Surface, in a joint venture with Clive Davis of J Records. The 1st artist contracted was Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy. But it wasn’t until Swizz’s first compilation album, 2002′s Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, that he begun to get notices for his production style & interesting ideas and Cassidy began to get attention. He released two singles “Guilty” and “Bigger Business”, both charted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and were played along by music videos. Although in 2010 on his twitter Swizz Beatz renamed his record album 3 times. He first announced he was calling it King Issues but later on that day settled on The Perception of Greatness, & on August 23 while in a studio session w/ Mary J. Blige in New York City, Swizz unveiled his new album title Haute Living, stating that it’s the perfect phrase to represent what he’s all about. The record album will be released under his actual contract w/ Everest Entertainment/Atlantic/Warner, who signed the rapper in August 2010. Official guest appearances include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, John Legend, Drake, Kanye West, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Method Man, Redman, Busta Rhymes, André 3000, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Pharrell & T.I..
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Beatz’s 1st son, Prince Nasir Dean, was born in 2000. Beatz married singer Mashonda Tifrere his protege, in 2004. She gave birth to his 2nd child, Kasseem Dean, Jr., in December 2006. In April 2008, the couple announced their plans to divorce. Swizz has a daughter named Nicole, born in May 2008, with UK producer Jahna Sebastian. Swizz Beatz announced in May 2009 that he had been romantically involved with singer Alicia Keys. In May 2010, a representative for Beatz and Keys Official that the couple were engaged & expecting a child together, a boy. Keys and Swizz Beatz held a wedding celebration on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. Wedding guests included Bono & Queen Latifah.
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