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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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Swizz Beatz -- Ex-Wife & Alicia Keys Call Truce ... After Homewrecker War

Swizz Beatz
Ex-Wife & Alicia Keys Call Truce After Homewrecker War

It's the most unlikely truce in history -- Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz' ex-wife Mashonda ... the same woman who once publicly accused Alicia of breaking apart her marriage.The photos were taken… READ MORE >

'Love & Hip Hop' Producers Sued -- Show Idea Was STOLEN

'Love & Hip Hop'
Producers Sued Show Idea Was STOLEN

The cat fights are now spilling into court -- a pair of female producers are suing the people behind "Love & Hip Hop" ... claiming the reality show was their idea first ... and VH1 stole… READ MORE >

- 194 days ago
DMX -- Crashes Alicia Keys Concert ... UP IN HERE!!

DMX
Crashes Alicia Keys Show UP IN HERE

DMX did not get arrested last night ... but he did hijack Madison Square Garden -- turning an Alicia Keys concert into an absolute insane asylum ... and the video is AWESOME!!First, the crowd went… READ MORE >

- 527 days ago
Alicia Keys -- I Need a Giant Crane to Move All My Crap

Alicia Keys
It Takes a Giant Crane to Move My Crap

When you're Alicia Keys you don't just hire regular ol' movers to get your fancy crap out of your $15-million NYC penthouse -- NO, you hire a construction crane to get the job done. Alicia and her… READ MORE >

- 553 days ago
Swizz Beatz -- Problemz with Taxz

Swizz Beatz
Problemz with Taxz

Swizz has shown TMZ documents that prove he had previously made payments in the full amount owed for his 2010 tax return. A rep for Swizz tells TMZ he has paid his taxes in full and is current on… READ MORE >

- 679 days ago
DMX -- Ruff Ryders Are REUNITING!!!

DMX
Ruff Ryders Are REUNITING!!!

It's official ... DMX and his legendary rap crew Ruff Ryders are getting back together -- in fact, X tells TMZ, a blowout reunion tour is already in the works.Ruff Ryders first lady Eve told us… READ MORE >

- 976 days ago
Eve -- I'm Ready to Ryde with DMX Again

Eve
Ready to Ryde with DMX Again

With DMX out of prison ... the Ruff Ryders WILL roll again ... this according to the former 1st Lady of the rap crew, Eve. The Grammy Winner was leaving La Guardia airport in NY this weekend when… READ MORE >

- 979 days ago
Alicia Keys' Hubby -- Sued Over 'Drink 'n My 2 Step'

Alicia Keys' Hubby
Sued Over 'Drink 'n My 2 Step'

Alicia Keys' new hubby Swizz Beatz is a profit-hogging fraud -- this according to a jilted songwriter who claims he co-produced the song "My Drink 'n My 2 Step" ... but got nothing to show for… READ MORE >

- 1431 days ago
Alicia Keys -- New Mom State of Mind

Alicia Keys
New Mom State of Mind

Four days after giving birth, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz took their baby boy Egypt for a checkup in NYC on Monday.Superwoman. READ MORE >

- 1433 days ago
Alicia Keys -- Belly Up in NYC

Alicia Keys
Belly Up in NYC

Married for just over a month, Alicia Keys showed off her growing baby bump while strolling through Tribeca with her record producer husband Swizz Beatz on Wednesday.No word on exactly when… READ MORE >

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