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Swizz Beatz

Kasseem David Dean (born September 13, 1978), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, disc jockey and painter from New York City. At the age of 17, he gained attention in the hip hop community through his friendship with rapper DMX. He found a protege in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, who helped Dean launch his label Full Surface Records. About.com ranked him #27 on its list of the "Top 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers," while The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. Kanye West called him "the best rap producer of all time." He is married to American R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, with whom he has one child, as well as three other children, including one with ex-wife American R&B singer-songwriter Mashonda and another with English singer Jahna Sebastian. As a child Dean did not see much of his father, a postal worker, due to his parents' separation in his early life. Dean is of Muslim and arabian people descent. He was raised by his mother in the South Bronx, where he spent most of his childhood. This was where he first encountered hip hop and began

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