Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz

Birth name

Kasseem Dean


13 September 1978 (age 37)
The Bronx, New York, United States


Hip hop, R&B, pop


Record producer, rapper, DJ, record executive, fashion designer, creative director

Years active



Atlantic, DreamWorks, Everest, Full Surface, Warner, Monster, Ruff Ryders

Associated acts

Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, DMX, Drag-On, Eve, Jay Z, The LOX, Neo da Matrix, T.I.

Kasseem Dean (born 13 September 1978), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer, rapper, DJ, record executive, fashion designer and creative director from The Bronx, New York. He first gained recognition in the hip hop industry at the age of 16 through his friendship and work with DMX and his Ruff Ryders Entertainment label. Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label, Full Surface Records. Dean has himself released two albums under the label: the compilation album Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories in 2002, and his own studio album One Man Band Man in 2007.

Swizz Beatz has produced hit singles for several prominent artists in various music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul and R&B. His catalog includes "Party Up (Up in Here)" by DMX, "Check on It" and "Ring the Alarm" by Beyoncé, "Good Times" by Styles P, "Bring 'Em Out" by T.I., "Hotel" and "I'm a Hustla" by Cassidy, "Touch It" by Busta Rhymes and many more. Swizz Beatz is often considered one of the best hip hop producers. He is married to American R&B singer Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children. 


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