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10 Interesting Facts About Swizz Beatz

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Swizz Beatz at Reebok event in Las Vegas

You may not know who Kasseem David Dean is but if I say Swizz Beatz you immediately know who I’m talking about.  Swizz Beatz is not only a hip-hop producer, he’s THE hip-hop producer with Kanye West calling him “the best rap producer of all time.”  But there maybe some other stuff you didn’t know about him.

1. Dean’s uncles are the co-CEOs of Ruff Ryders Records.  At 16, he was producing tracks when he struck gold with the beat for the DMX throwback, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

Swizz Beatz



2. In 2001 he became the President and CEO of Full Surface Records, a joint venture with Clive Davis.  Dean was only 23 years old at the time.  The first artist signed was Cassidy.

Swizz Beatz


3. After producing for a number of years, Dean finally release his solo debut album, One Man Band Man in 2007.  It received mixed to positive reviews.

Swizz Beatz album cover


4. Dean doesn’t just produce for hip-hop artists.  He has produced tracks for artists like Marc Anthony, Beyoncé, Gwen Stafani, Whitney Houston, and Alejandro Sanz.

Swizz Beatz with Marc Anthony


5. “On To The Next One” was not only a hit with the general public and critics alike, it won Dean his first Grammy.  He, along with Jay-Z, picked up the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2011.



6. Dean joins a long list of other rappers who went on to sign for a shoe deal, which include 50 Cent and G-Unit, Jay-Z, The Game, and Birdman.  Dean signed a deal with Reebok in 2011.  Here is one of the promotional videos:



7. Did you know Swizz not only collects paintings, he also paints himself.  He donates what he makes from his paintings to Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation.

Swizz Beatz painter


8. In 2012, Swizz was listed among Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, and Q-Tip as one of the top hip-hop earners.  He placed sixteenth.

Swizz Beatz with Jay-Z


9. Kidrobot, famous for their designer toys, received a new partner for their clothing line.  Swizz became a partner in 2006.

Swizz Beatz Kidrobot ad

Swizz Beatz in some promotional material for Kidrobot


10. Music can be peaceful to the ears but how about the world.  Swizz has worked with the United Nations to promote world peace.


Swizz Beatz for World Peace

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.