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Swizz Beatz Biography

Swizz Beatz Biography

He has been involved in production and remixes since 1994 when he started working with Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella Records, Elektra Records, Epic Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Bad Boy Entertainment.

Swizz Beatz has his own production label called Full Surface and is currently working on albums by Ashanti, Mariah Carey, 2 Much, 50 Cent, Lil Mama, Drag-On, G-Unit, Madonna, Usher, Papoose, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Solange Knowles, Ruff Ryders, Beyonce Knowles and Eve. He is also set to be recording the new album for his close friend DMX which is confirmed to be titled Walk With Me Now and You'll Fly With Me Later.

Swizz Beatz released his first proper solo album titled "One Man Band Man" on August 21, 2007, selling a disappointing[citation needed] 45,000 records in its first week of release.

On October 19, 2007, as an extension to his first solo project, Swizz Beatz launched a contest called Music Video 2.0 and The Source Magazine Presents "Share the Studio." The contest and allows unsigned/indie music artists the opportunity to compete on the Music Video 2.0 website for the chance to open for Swizz Beatz at a NYC event.

Swizz Beatz is a New York-based American hip hop record producer/rapper of Puerto Rican & African American descent. He is founder of the Full Surface Records music label. He is credited to be one of the best producers in hip-hop producing songs for more than 100 artists. His songs are usually very "bouncy" and energetic, though his early work was known to be quite minimalistic and arguably experimental—it reportedly takes him an average of only 10 to 15 minutes to complete a song. In most modern Swizz Beatz productions, (such as 'Top Down') the quick uttered phrase "Swizzy" is heard at the beginning and is accompanied by guest vocals from Swizz himself, although often uncredited.

Swizz Beatz is half African American and half Puerto Rican. He lived in Bronx,New York, which inspired him to be involved in the hip-hop world. Then later moved to Bridgewater, New Jersey. His father was Muslim and his mother was a Christian. He has adopted the Muslim faith and in Eve's video Tambourine (song), he is seen wearing a chain that says Allah which means God in Arabic.

Swizz Beatz was born Kasseem Dean in the Bronx area of New York City. He relocated to Atlanta as a teenager, where he started to DJ parties. When his relatives became involved with the Ruff Ryders label, he began to produce tracks at the tender age of 16. Forgoing the practice of using samples, he used real instruments whenever possible and tried to accentuate the performance aspect of his music. He produced countless rap and R&B acts, from DMX to Eve, but he never really got much credit for his work. It wasn't until his first solo album, 2002's G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, that he started to get notices for his production style and interesting ideas. The next five years would find him landing hit after hit and becoming more in demand with each production. In 2007 he released the infectious single "It's Me Snitches" to promote the coming full-length One Man Band.


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