Swizz Beatz production discography
The following list is a discography of production by Swizz Beatz, an American record producer and recording artist from The Bronx, New York. It includes a list of songs produced, co-produced and remixed by year, artist, album and title. With a career spanning over two decades, Swizz Beatz has contributed production on over 160 albums, including studio projects, compilations, soundtracks and mixtapes. Beatz has also produced 81 singles, a number of them certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The LOX – Money, Power & Respect
DMX – It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Busta Rhymes – E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front
- 05. "Tear da Roof Off"
- 07. "Just Give It to Me Raw"
N.O.R.E. – N.O.R.E
Cam'ron – Confessions of Fire
- 02. "Glory" (featuring Noreaga)
- 18. "Shanghai"
Jay-Z – Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Flipmode Squad – The Imperial
DJ Clue – The Professional
DMX – Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
- 01. "My Niggas" (skit)
- 04. "Ain't No Way"
- 06. "Keep Your Shit the Hardest"
- 08. "It's All Good"
- 09. "The Omen" (featuring Marilyn Manson)
- 11. "No Love for Me" (featuring Drag-On & Swizz Beatz)
- 13. "Blackout" (featuring The L.O.X. & Jay-Z)
- 14. "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood"
- 15. "Heat"
- 16. "Prayer II"/"Ready to Meet Him"
Eve – Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady
- 01. "First Lady" (Intro)
- 02. "Let's Talk About" (featuring Drag-On)
- 03. "Gotta Man"
- 04. "Philly Cheese Steak" (skit)
- 05. "Philly, Philly" (featuring Beanie Sigel)
- 06. "Stuck Up" (featuring C.J.)
- 07. "Ain’t Got No Dough" (featuring Missy Elliott)
- 08. "BM" (skit)
- 09. "Love is Blind"(featuring Faith Evans)
- 10. "Scenario 2000" (featuring DMX, The LOX & Drag-On)
- 11. "Dog Match" (featuring DMX)
- 12. "My Bitches" (skit)
- 14. "Maniac" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 15. "My Enemies" (skit)
N.O.R.E. – Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler
Foxy Brown – Chyna Doll
- 05. "Dog and a Fox" (featuring DMX)
Ruff Ryders – Ryde or Die Vol. 1
Memphis Bleek – Coming of Age
Blackstreet – Girlfriend/Boyfriend Vinyl Maxi Single
Various artists – The Corrupter Soundtrack
Various artists – Violator: The Album
Jay-Z – Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter
DMX – ...And Then There Was X
Various artists – Any Given Sunday Soundtrack
- 13. "Move Right Now" (performed by Swizz Beatz, Drag-On & Eve)
The LOX – We Are the Streets
- 02. "Fuck You"
- 03. "Can I Live"
- 06. "Felony Niggas" (Styles P solo)
- 07. "Wild Out"
- 08. "Blood Pressure" (Jadakiss solo)
- 11. "Y'all Fucked up Now"
- 13. "U Told Me" (featuring Eve)
- 16. "Bring It On" (Sheek Louch solo)
- 17. "If You Know" (featuring Drag-On, Eve & Swizz Beatz)
- 18. "We Are the Streets"
Various artists – Backstage: A Hard Knock Life
- 06. "Who Did You Expect" (performed by The LOX)
Mýa – Fear of Flying
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Drag-On – Opposite of H2O
- 02. "Opposite of H2O" (featuring Jadakiss)
- 06. "Niggas Die 4 Me" (featuring DMX)
- 10. "Get It Right" (featuring DMX)
- 13. "Drag Shit" (featuring Styles P)
- 16. "The Way Life Is"
- 17. "Pop It"
- 18. "What's It All About"
- 19. "Life Goes On"
Busta Rhymes – Anarchy
- 04. "We Put It Down for Y'all"
- 09. "All Night"
Funkmaster Flex – The Mix Tape, Vol. 4: 60 Minutes of Funk
- 03. "I Don't Care" (performed by Jadakiss)
Eightball & MJG – Space Age 4 Eva
- 09. "Boom Boom" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 14. "Thank God"
Ruff Ryders – Ryde or Die Vol. 2
Strings – The Black Widow
- 02. "Um" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 07. "Raise It Up" (featuring Drag-On)
- 08. "Blunt Object"
- 09. "Table Dance"
- 12. "Treason"
Various artists – Oz Soundtrack
- 14. "Tonight" (performed by Drag-On)
Eve – Scorpion
- 02. "Cowboy"
- 07. "Got What You Need" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Drag-On)
- 09. "Gangsta Bitches" (featuring Trina & Da Brat)
- 12. "Thug in the Street" (featuring Drag-On & The LOX)
Various artists – Violator: The Album, V2.0
Various artists – Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack
Tha Eastsidaz – Duces 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
- 20. "Everywhere I Go" (featuring Kokane)
Jadakiss – Kiss tha Game Goodbye
- 02. "Jada's Got a Gun"
- 12. "On My Way"
- 14. "Kiss Is Spittin'" (featuring Nate Dogg and Mashonda)
- 15. "Fuckin’ or What?"
Damian Marley – Halfway Tree
Angie Stone – Mahogany Soul
Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
- 09. "Where I've Been" (featuring Eve)
DMX – The Great Depression
- 15. "You Could Be Blind" (featuring Mashonda)
- 17. "A Minute for Your Son"
Jermaine Dupri – Instructions
- 13. "Whatever" (featuring Nate Dogg, R.O.C. & Tigah)
- 15. "Yours and Mine" (featuring Jagged Edge)
Ludacris – Word of Mouf
Nas - Stillmatic
Ruff Ryders – Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust
- 01. "Intro"
- 09. "Some South Shit" (performed by Ludacris, Icepick Jay, Fiend & Yung Wun)
- 17. "Ruff Ryders All-Star Freestyle" (Bonus Track)(performed by J-Hood, Shizlansky, Keem, Lock, Rockstar & Cassidy)
Swizz Beatz – G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories
Birdman – Birdman
N.O.R.E. – God's Favorite
The Reepz – All Things Come to an End.....
- 05. "I Think Not"
- 14. "Ya Dead Now"
Eve – Eve-Olution
Styles P – A Gangster and a Gentleman
Busta Rhymes – It Ain't Safe No More
Nas – God's Son
- 17. "The G.O.D." (bonus track)
Various artists – Biker Boyz: Music from the Motion Picture
- 03. "We Did It Again" (Metallica and Ja Rule)
- 05. "Ride Out" (Swizz Beatz featuring Cassidy)
R. Kelly – Snake (Remix) (12")
Bravehearts – Bravehearted
- 04. "Twilight" (featuring Nas)
Lil' Kim – La Bella Mafia
- 07. "This Is Who I Am" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Mashonda)
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 2.1
Bow Wow – Unleashed
DMX – Grand Champ
- 05. "Get It on the Floor" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 20. "A'Yo Kato" (featuring Magic & Val)
Ruben Studdard – Soulful
- 04. "Take the Shot"
- 11. "Don't Quit on Me"
404 Soldierz – All Out War
- 15. "Walk Like A Soldier"
DJ Kay Slay – The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2 - The Pain from the Game
Drag-On – Hell and Back
- 03. "Bang Bang Boom" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Ivy Queen – Real
- 03. "Soldados"
- 14. "Angel Caído"
- 19. "Angel Caído" (Acoustic Version)
Jadakiss – Kiss of Death
Jin – The Rest Is History
- 03. "Get Your Handz Off" (featuring Swizz Beatz)(co-Produced with Neo Da Matrix)
- 19. "Check the Clock" (Bonus Track)
Yung Wun – The Dirtiest Thirstiest
- 04. "Yung Wun Anthem" (co-produced with Eric McCain)
- 12. "Represent"
Shyne – Godfather Buried Alive
Pitch Black – Pitch Black Law
- 02. "Shake That"
- 13. "N.Y.C."
Cassidy – Split Personality
T.I. – Urban Legend
Memphis Bleek – 534
Destiny's Child – Number 1's
Young Gunz – Brothers from Another
Ivy Queen – The Best of Ivy Queen
Cassidy – I'm a Hustla
- 02. "I'm a Hustla"
- 05. "B-Boy Stance" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 09. "C-Bonics"
- 10. "Bellybutton"
- 15. "I'm a Hustla (Remix)" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
Mashonda – January Joy
- 01. "Step Into My World" (Intro)
- 03. "Blackout" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
- 05. "Back of da Club"
- 15. "Thank You" (Outro)
- 16. "Blackout" (featuring Nas)(Bonus Track)
Ruff Ryders – The Redemption Vol. 4
- 05. "What They Want" (performed by Swizz Beatz, Infa.Red & Cross)
- 13. "Aim 4 The Head" (performed by Jin, J-Hood & Cassidy)
Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi
- 16. "Secret Love" (Japan Bonus Track)
Fat Joe – All or Nothing
Cuban Link – Chain Reaction
- 04. "Comin' Home Wit Me" (featuring Avant)
- 13. "Shakedown"
- 14. "Talk About It" (featuring Jadakiss)
India.Arie – I Am Not My Hair EP
- 02. "I Am Not My Hair (Swizz Beatz Remix)" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Don Omar – Da Hitman Presents Reggaetón Latino
- 05. "Dale Don Dale (Remix)" (featuring Fabolous)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Duets: The Final Chapter
Papoose – A Threat and a Promise
- 05. "Across The Track" (featuring Nas)
Remy Martin – There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
Zeebra – The New Beginning
- 08. "Let's Get It Started"
T.I. – King
Various artists – Take the Lead (soundtrack)
Ice Cube – Laugh Now, Cry Later
Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang
Tha Dogg Pound – Cali Iz Active
DMX – Year of the Dog... Again
- 02. "We in Here(featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 03. "I Run Shit" (featuring Big Stan)
- 04. "Come Thru (Move)" (featuring Busta Rhymes & Swizz Beatz)
- 06. "Baby Motha" (featuring Janyce)
Beyoncé – B'Day
JoJo – The High Road
The Game – Doctor's Advocate
2Pac – Pac's Life
Jay-Z – Kingdom Come
Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape
Fantasia Barrino – Fantasia
DJ Clue – The Professional 3
- 16. "Ugly (Thug It Out)" (performed by Jadakiss & Swizz Beatz)
Snoop Dogg – Unreleased Heatrocks
- 12. "Got My Own" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Eve – Here I Am (shelved)
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Strength & Loyalty
- 01. "Flowmotion" (co-produced with The Individualz)
- 02. "Bump in the Trunk" (featuring Swizz Beatz)(co-produced with The Individualz)
- 11. "Candy Paint" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Autumn Rowe)
- 00. "Come with Me"
- 00. "Give Me The Love"
- 00. "When The Thugs Come Out"
- 00. "What's Up" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 00. "Real Niggas"
- 00. "We Workin"
R. Kelly – Double Up
- 01. "The Champ" (featuring Swizz Beatz)(co-produced with The Runners & R. Kelly)
UGK – UGK (Underground Kingz)
- 16. "Hit the Block" (featuring T.I.)(Bonus Track)
Swizz Beatz – One Man Band Man
N.O.R.E. – Noreality
- 01. "Set It Off" (featuring Swizz Beatz & J-Ru$$)
Chris Brown – Exclusive
Cassidy – B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
Alicia Keys – As I Am
- 15. "Waiting For Your Love" (iTunes Bonus Track)
Bow Wow & Omarion
Various artists – Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack
Layzie Bone – Thugz Nation
Fat Joe – The Elephant in the Room
- 06. "Drop" (featuring Jackie Rubio & Swizz Beatz)
Mariah Carey – E=MC²
Ivy Queen – Ivy Queen 2008 World Tour LIVE!
Estelle – Shine
Elephant Man – Let's Get Physical
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Jay-Z & Mary J. Blige – Heart of the City Tour
- 00. "You're All Welcome" (co-produced with The Individualz)
G-Unit – T.O.S: Terminate on Sight
- 02. "I'm from the Hood" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 19. "Don't Make Me Hurt Ya Feelings" (Best Buy pre-order)
Bow Wow – Half Man, Half Dog Vol. 1
- 02. "Big Bank" (featuring Swizz Beatz)(co-Produced with The Individualz)
- 10. "Shake It" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
T.I. – Paper Trail
Ludacris – Theater of the Mind
Maroon 5 – Call and Response: The Remix Album
Rock City – Wake the Neighbors
- 00. "I'm Leavin'" (featuring Akon & Swizz Beatz) (co-produced with Alex da Kid)
Goodz – Bronx Zoo II
Jamie Jones – Celebrity Music
Bow Wow – New Jack City II
- 11. "Shake It" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 13. "Big Girls" (featuring Yung Joc)(Wal-Mart Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)(co-produced by Raj for The EntouRAJ)
Jadakiss – The Last Kiss
Maino – If Tomorrow Comes
Whitney Houston – I Look to You
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
Fat Joe – Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2)
- 11. "Blackout" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Rob Cash of KAR)
Tha Dogg Pound – That Was Then, This Is Now
- 02. "Attitude Problem" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Cassidy)
Chris Brown – Graffiti
Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom
Busta Rhymes – Back on My B.S.
Young Money – We Are Young Money
Various artists – Hope for Haiti Now
T.I. – Fuck a Mixtape
Stack Bundles – Salute Me
Mr. Money – Who Don't Like Money Vol. 2
- 12. "And I Like"
- 15. "Bubba Kushy"
Ludacris – Battle of the Sexes
- 13. "Tell Me a Secret" (featuring Ne-Yo)
Drake – Thank Me Later
- 07. "Fancy" (featuring T.I. & Swizz Beatz)(co-produced with 40)
Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure
- 19. "I Like Dat" (featuring Swizz Beatz & T.I.)(Bonus Track)
Gucci Mane – The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
- 06. "Gucci Time" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
- 10. "It's Alive" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Cassidy – Face 2 Face EP
- 04. "Henni & Bacardi"
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
- 02. "Roman's Revenge" (featuring Eminem)
- 10. "Here I Am"
- 17. "Wave Ya Hand" (Bonus Track)
- 18. "Catch Me" (Bonus Track)
Lloyd Banks – H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More)
- 15. "Stuntin'" (Bonus Track)
Diddy-Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris
Kanye West – GOOD Friday Series
Lil Jon – Crunk Rock
Swizz Beatz – Monster Mondays Vol. 1
Maino – Keep It Rockin EP
01. "Keep It Rockin" (featuring Swiz Beatz, Jadakiss, Jim Jones & Joell Ortiz)
Verbal – Visionair
D12 – Return of the Dozen Vol. 2
- 00. "Ugly Bitch" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Jennifer Hudson – I Remember Me
Bushido – Jenseits von Gut und Böse
- 07. "Mo'Fucka" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
- 08. "Welcome to the Jungle"
- 10. "Murder to Excellence" (co-produced with S1)
The Game – The R.E.D. Album
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
Mateo – Love & Stadiums II
Josh Xantus – Everybody Hates Josh X
Erick Sermon – Breath of Fresh Air
- 21. "Set It Off" (featuring Mone, Fred da Godson and Swizz Beatz)
Nas – Life Is Good
- 08. "Summer on Smash" (featuring Miguel & Swizz Beatz)
DMX – Undisputed
- 02. "What They Don't Know"
- 14. "Ya'll Don't Really Know"
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
French Montana – Mac & Cheese 3
- "Grand Wizard" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being II
Funkmaster Flex – Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?
- 15. "Get It In" (Ne-Yo featuring Swizz Beatz)
Eve – Lip Lock
Jay-Z – Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
Reebok and Swizz Beatz Release The DMX Series 2000
Reebok has a storied history of rapper collaborations. From G-Unit and Jay-Z in the mid-00s, to Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross this decade, the British brand has always demonstrated a propensity to work with creatives and artists, and one of their longest-tenured relationships has been with Swizz Beatz. The legendary producer/rapper has lent his refined touch to Reebok models both classic and new, and has now undertook his most ambitious collaborative footwear project yet: curating the launch of a brand-new silhouette.
The SwizzBeatz 2018 DMX Series 2000 features an instantly noticeable abstract and disruptive aesthetic, which falls perfectly in line with Swizz’s curated vision. The legendary producer stated “I wanted to do something with Reebok that was different than what we’ve done together in the past. I wanted to celebrate the “disrupters” aka the Disruptive Kind on all levels” while discussing the new silhouette. That disruptive aesthetic the legendary producer nodded to is reflected with the shoe’s neoprene upper, abstract lacing system, and bold chunky midsole featuring pearlescent detailing and DMX cushioning. The DMX Series 2000 retails for $140 and is available now on Reebok.com in a chalk white with bright retro-colored accents. The striking “Mars Dust” colorway (pictured above), is also available at Finish Line.
Reebok DMX Series 2000
AVAILABLE AT Reebok
Color: Chalk/White/Royal Orchid/California Blue
Style Code: CN3813
Reebok DMX Series 2000
AVAILABLE AT Finish Line
Release Date: August 3, 2018
Color: Mars Dust/Chalk
Style Code: CN3815
About Swizz Beatz
In 2000, when Swizz Beatz first emerged as a major producer, a hip-hop magazine compared him to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Though that comparison is overblown, to say the least, Kasseem Dean has proven himself a reliably consistent hitmaker. More impressively, he has evolved with the genre, changing his sound to appeal to current trends. When his uncles Darrin "Dee" and Joaquin "Waah" Dean recruited the teenage producer to make tracks for their client Ruff Ryders, he responded with stark and percussive keyboard beats reminiscent of the RZA and Dame Grease. He produced DMX's definitive hit "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," and the bulk of his platinum smash Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, as well as much of Eve's No. 1 debut, Ruff Ryders' First Lady. By 2003, Swizz Beatz earned a chance to record a debut album, 2003's poorly sold G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories. As the popularity of New York street hop waned, he began working with a wider array of R&B and hip-hop stars, including Beyonce ("Upgrade U" and "Check On It") and Drake ("Fancy"). In 2007, he released a second album, One Man Band Man, with plans to release a third, Haute Living, in 2011. Mosi Reeves
Maybe even more than his Ruff Ryders brother Jadakiss, a strong case can be for legendary producer Swizz Beatz to be lauded as Top Five Dead or Alive. Swizz is on his 19th year of bringing his bangers to the masses, no signs of slowing down. He has his own album in the works, Busta Rhymes and DMX just dropped new Swizz produced records and possibly a new with Jay Z could be coming soon (Swizz says the two have been in lab working on material). Grammy awards, multi-platinum plaques, endless respect and a diverse catalog of collaborators ranging from Beyoncé, to OJ Da Juiceman, yes indeed, the Bronx born boards man has done it all a few times. Recently a guest on "Drink Champs" with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Swizz discussed some of his most pivotal production moments, beats he wish he would made, DJs who influenced his career and more. You can see it tonight on REVOLT.
For now however, take a look as we celebrate Swizz's excellence by listing 55 of his most essential singles (in chronological order).
Tune in to "Drink Champs" every Thursday at 11 PM ET on REVOLT. Be sure to catch the re-air Saturday nights Saturday at 11 PM ET.
- “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” 1998 by DMX
- “Banned From T.V.” 1988 By N.O.R.E. featuring Big Pun, Nature, The Lox and Cam'Ron
- “Tear Da Roof Off” 1998 by Busta Rhymes
- “Money, Cash, Hoes” 1998 by Jay-Z featuring DMX
- “Down Bottom” 1998 by The Ruff Ryders featuring Drag-On and Juvenile and Swizz Beatz
- “Ain’t No Way” 1998 by DMX
- “No Love For Me” 1998 by DMX featuring Drag-On
- “Blackout” 1998 by DMX featuring Jay-Z and the Lox
- “Gotta Man” 1999 by Eve
- “Love Is Blind” 1999 by Eve
- “Jigga My Nigga” 1999 by The Ruff Ryders featuring Jay-Z
- “Scenario 2000” 1999 by Eve featuring DMX, Drag-On and The Lox
- “Party Up” 1999 by DMX
- “What Ya Want” 1999 by Eve featuring Nokio and Swizz Beatz
- “WW III” 2000 by The Ruff Ryders featuring Scarface, Yung Wun, Snoop Dogg and Jadakiss
- “Wild Out” 2000 by The Lox featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Rollin (Urban Assault Vehicle)" 2000 by Limp Bizkit featuring Method Man, Redman and DMX
- “Niggas Die 4 Me” 2000 by Drag-On featuring DMX
- “Fuck You” 2000 by The Lox
- “Big Business” 2002 by Swizz Beatz featuring Jadakiss and Ron Isley
- “Bigger Business” by Swizz Beatz featuring Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Jadakiss, Birdman, TQ, and Ron Isley
- “Good Times” 2002 by Styles P
- “S.H.Y.N.E.” 2002 by Swizz Beatz featuring Shyne
- “Nahmeanuheard” 2002 by N.O.R.E.
- “Hotel” 2003 by Cassidy featuring R. Kelly
- “Get It On The Floor” 2003 by DMX featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Snake” remix by R. Kelly featuring Cam’ron and Big Tigger
- “Bring EM Out” 2004 by T.I. featuring Swizz Beatz
- “I’m A Hustla” 2004 by Cassidy
- “I’m a Hustla” remix by Cassidy featuring Mary J. Blige
- “Check On It” 2005 by Beyoncé featuring Bun B and Slim Thug
- “Whuteva” 2005 by Remy Ma
- “Touch It” 2006 by Busta Rhymes
- “Touch It Remix” by Busta Rhymes featuring DMX, Papoose, Lloyd Banks, Mary J. Blige, Rah Digg, Missy Elliott
- “Ring The Alarm” 2006 by Beyoncé
- “Upgrade U” 2006 by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
- “Get Me Bodied” 2006 by Beyoncé
- “It’s Me Bitches” 2006 by Swizz Beatz
- “It’s Me Bitches” (Remix) 2006 by Swizz Beatz featuring R. Kelly and Lil Wayne
- “My Drink N My 2 Step” 2006 by Cassidy featuring Swizz Beatz
- “My Drink N My 2 Step” (remix) 2006 by Cassidy featuring Kanye West and Swizz Beatz and Ne-Yo
- “Blow Your Mind” 2007 by Styles P. featuring Swizz Beatz
- ”Tambourine” 2007 by Eve
- “Teenage Love Affair” (Remix) 2007 by Alicia Keys featuring LL Cool J
- “Dr. Carter” 2007 by Lil Wayne
- “Swing Ya Rag” 2008 by T.I. featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Who’s Real” 2008 by Jadakiss featuring O.J. Da Juiceman and Swizz Beatz
- “On To The Next One” 2009 by Jay Z featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Million Dollar Bill” 2009 by Whitney Houston
- “Stop The Party (Iron Man)” 2009 by Busta Rhymes featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Fancy” 2010 by Drake featuring Swizz Beatz and T.I.
- “Fancy” (remix) 2010 by Drake featuring Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz
- “Roman’s Revenge” 2010 by Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem
- “Welcome To The Jungle” 2011 by The Throne featuring Swizz Beatz
- “Ultra Light Beam” 2016 by Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream
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American record producer, rapper, DJ and entrepreneur from New York
Kasseem Daoud Dean (born September 13, 1978), known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer, rapper, and businessman from New York City. Born and raised in the Bronx, Dean embarked on his musical career as a DJ. At the age of 18, he started to gain recognition in the hip hop industry through his family's record label, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, as well as his friendship and work with East Coast rapperDMX. Working with DMX as his producer, DJ and hype man helped Dean gain prominence as a high-profile personality in hip hop.
Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records, in 1999. He went on to sign multiple artists to the label, including Eve, Mashonda and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, among others. Dean went on to release two albums under the label; the first was a compilation, titled Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, released in 2002, and later his debut studio album, One Man Band Man in 2007. In November 2018, Dean released his second album, Poison. Alongside fellow musician Timbaland, Dean is known for creating the popular webcast series Verzuz in 2020.
Dean has produced several hit singles for a number of prominent artists across different music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul, rock and R&B. With a career spanning over two decades, his catalog includes "Ruff Ryders' Anthem", "Party Up (Up in Here)" (DMX), "Gotta Man" (Eve), "Jigga My Nigga", "Girl's Best Friend" (Jay-Z), "Upgrade U", "Check on It", "Ring the Alarm" (Beyoncé), "Good Times" (Styles P), "Bring 'Em Out", "Swing Ya Rag" (T.I.), "Hotel", "I'm a Hustla" (Cassidy), "Touch It" (Busta Rhymes), "Ultralight Beam" (Kanye West), and more.
Dean was named the first "Producer in Residence" at New York University (NYU), for the 2010–11 academic year.About.com ranked him number 27 on its list of the "Top 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers", and The Source included him on its list of the "20 greatest producers" in the magazine's 20-year history. Fellow American rapper and producer Kanye West called Dean "the best rap producer of all time". Aside from music, Dean has also added multiple entrepreneurial endeavors to his repertoire, including fashion design, art collecting, and board directing. He's been a member of trustees at the Brooklyn Museum since 2015, and a creative director for the companies Monster Cable and Reebok. Dean is married to American musician Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children. The two were featured in their first cover shoot in 2018 for Cultured Magazine.
Life and career
1978–2006: Early life and career beginnings
He spent much of his childhood raised by his mother in the North East Bronx, where he first encountered hip hop. After obtaining the necessary equipment from his stepfather and uncles, he began deejaying as a teenager and enjoyed a modicum of success. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, due to his repeated involvement in violent behavior at Harry S. Truman High School, he started to work for his uncles, Joaquin (Waah) and Darrin (Dee) Dean, who were co-CEOs of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. In his early work, he generally chose not to sample, instead using the Korg Trinity and Triton keyboards and seeking to accentuate the performance aspect of his music.
With his uncles Waah & Dee, as well as his aunt Chivon Dean, all involved with the Ruff Ryders record label, Swizz Beatz began to produce tracks at age 16. A year later he sold his first beat to Ruff Ryders artist DMX, which became his chart-topping single "Ruff Ryders' Anthem". Dean then began producing major hip-hop songs released in 1998 such as "Banned from T.V." by Noreaga, "Money, Cash, Hoes" by Jay-Z and more. The following year, he produced most of the songs of the Ruff Ryders compilation album Ryde or Die Vol. 1, as well as the bulk of Eve's debut album. In 2001, in a joint venture with Clive Davis, Swizz Beatz established his own record label, Full Surface Records, which became a subsidiary of J Records. The first artist signed was Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy.
When Dean released his first compilation album Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, in 2002, he began to get noticed for his production style and interesting ideas, as well as his protege and artist, Cassidy, who also started to gain recognition for his ability as well. The same year, Dean released two singles, "Guilty" and "Bigger Business", both of which charted on the BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Along with often being associated with Ruff Ryders and Roc-A-Fella Records, Dean began to expand his scope to include production of artists from more mainstream labels such as Elektra, Atlantic, Epic, Def Jam and Bad Boy Entertainment. His career largely grew from that point.
2006–07: Full Surface and One Man Band Man
Main articles: Full Surface Records and One Man Band Man
In February 2007, design duo Heatherette staged their Fall 2007 New York Fashion Weekrunway show, and Dean was asked to mix the music. In June 2007, Swizz Beatz produced and was featured on his Full Surface artist Cassidy's comeback single, "My Drink n My 2 Step", following a murder trial and a car accident. The song proved to be a hit, reaching the Top 40 of the US BillboardHot 100 chart. On August 21, 2007, Dean released his solo debut studio album, One Man Band Man. The album, preceded by the lead singles "It's Me Bitches" and "Money in the Bank", debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 and sold 45,000 copies in its first week.
On October 19, 2007 he launched a contest called "Share the Studio", presented by Music Video 2.0 and The Source magazine. The contest was intended to be a continuation of the work from his debut album.
Later that same year, Dean signed former Ruff Ryders cohorts and longtime friends, Drag-On and Eve, to Full Surface Records. He also signed legendary Cleveland-based hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, where they later released their seventh studio album Strength & Loyalty in May, which Dean executive produced.
In a December 2007 interview with Format Magazine, Dean stated that he was already working on his second studio album, at the time under the title Life After the Party.
2008–18: Monster Music Group
In 2008, Dean began working on his second studio album. In late 2007, in an interview with Format Magazine he had announced the title as Life After the Party saying: "The opportunities that I've got from doing my album (One Man Band Man) are much bigger than just producing. A lot of things came from me being able to put a voice to my face. It was me just expressing myself and having the opportunity to – it was the one man band. And now I'm doing part two, which is Life After the Party."
In March 2009, Dean released a song titled "You Stay on My Mind". On April 24, 2009, he released a promotional song for Hennessy Black, entitled "When I Step in the Club". A music video, directed by Hype Williams, was also released. In 2009, Dean produced many popular singles including "Nasty Girl" by Ludacris featuring Plies, "Who's Real" by Jadakiss featuring OJ da Juiceman, "Million Bucks" by Maino, "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston, "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne, and "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z.
On February 12, 2010, he and 81 other artists including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, and Usher, debuted "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Inspired by GOOD Fridays the 2010 weekly series of free mp3s from Kanye West, Swizz Beatz launched his own series entitled Monster Mondays later that year. The first offering, "DJ Play that Beat", featured Estelle, and was released on October 25. Other Monster Monday tracks feature Rakim, Pusha T, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell and many more.
Dean's second album in the works had been renamed on three occasions: initially, the album was renamed King Issues, and was later retitled The Perception of Greatness. After initially turning to fans to help decide on an album title, Dean eventually announced in August 2010, while in a New York City recording session with Mary J. Blige, that the title would be Haute Living, as "it's the perfect phrase to state what he's all about". In November 2010, Dean previewed the album and confirmed guest appearances from Bono, Travis Barker, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Mary J. Blige and John Legend, as well as his wife Alicia Keys.
In April 2011, in an exclusive listening session with Rap-Up.com, Dean premiered fourteen tracks set to appear on the album, including "V.I.P. Chillin" and also several previously unheard songs, including "Dance Like a White Girl" and "Instructions". He also premiered unfinished versions of several music videos made for the album, revealing that the Reebok-commissioned video for "International Party" cost $1.4 million to shoot, and that the video for "You Stay on My Mind" was shot in Dubai: he also revealed that he persuaded the Sheikh to let him use the airspace for only a dollar. Dean announced that he was planning to release the album on September 13, to coincide with his birth date. Rather than being released under his own imprint, the album is set to be released under his legal contract with Everest Entertainment/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group, who signed the rapper in August 2010.
His first Grammy Award came in 2011, awarded in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for a track entitled "On to the Next One" teaming him with American rapper Jay-Z. The first promotional single from Haute Living was entitled "Everyday (Coolin')", features a verse from Eve, was produced by Joe Lindsay, and was released through monstermondays.com on March 28, 2011. In an April 2011 interview with Paper Mag, Dean revealed that a few yet-to-be-released special collaborations would appear on the album, including one titled "Skyscrapers" featuring Kanye West and Bono: "We got this song–it's me, Bono and Kanye on this one song called 'Skyscrapers'. I recorded with Kanye in the studio and then I recorded with Bono in this actual studio right here. Mary J. Blige is on the album too; John Legend. But they're all on the album in super amazing ways. It's not like a compilation–it's a nice mixture of creativity. I had no boundaries with it; I had great partners on the album–Reebok was supporting me."
In May 2011, during an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Semtex, Swizz Beatz announced the release of his upcoming third solo album Haute Living, would be released on his birthday, September 13, 2011. In July 2011, Swizz Beatz said instead of releasing all of the songs at once, he would release the tracks over an extended period of time: "Let me clarify: Haute Living is still coming, but as far as releasing all on one day, I'm not doing that no more," he said. "I want to just drop singles from Haute Living instead of 'I'm coming on September 13.' I'm like, 'You know what? Let me make every song an event, instead of just that one day being an event.'"
Dean and his Monster Music Group signed a joint venture with Imagem Music USA. In a press release, the artist confirmed his excitement at his upcoming partnership with Richard Stumpf and the entire group over at Imagem Music, saying: "This partnership will enable me to further develop my group of talented producers and also introduce many new producers and writers to the world". Protégé Musicman Ty and Naki "Snagz" Levy were the first acts to sign with Monster Music Publishing, and on May 21, 2011, he further confirmed that Dr. Dre was working on the album with him. In March 2012, Dean announced that he would be releasing a mixtape titled Limitless, featuring guest appearances from DMX, Nas, Rick Ross, The LOX and ASAP Rocky, the latter of whom is featured on the first single, "Street Knock". On March 22, 2012, "Street Knock" featuring ASAP Rocky was premiered on "The Angie Martinez Show". In October 2012, at the 2012-2013 New York Knicks Season Tip-Off event at the Beacon Theater on 73rd Street and Broadway, special guest Swizz Beatz performed a 10-minute medley of his hits, alongside the New York Knicks' City Dancers and premiered the starting line-up theme song for the upcoming season, which he produced. On November 2, 2012, he released a new single titled "Everyday Birthday", featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris. Dean produced the song with Jukebox. On August 23, 2013, he released "Hands Up", a new single featuring American rappers Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz. On October 21, 2014, he released "Freaky", a new single featuring American rapper La'Vega.
In May 2014, Dean was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame, where he received a street named in his honor, called "Swizz Beatz Street".
In September 2015, it was announced that Dean would host the third annual Global Spin Awards.
In June 2017, Dean and One Man Kru appeared as the only two American talents on the 6th season of popular South Korean hip hop TV show "Show Me The Money".
2018–present: Poison and Verzuz
In May 2018, Dean released the song "It's Okayyy", ahead of the release of his then upcoming album Poison. He recorded 70 songs and used 10 for the album. Poison features Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Nas, Young Thug, The Lox, 2 Chainz, among others. In July 2018, Dean said he worked with Nas on the latter's follow-up to his 2018 release Nasir. Dean released "Pistol on My Side" featuring Lil Wayne from Poison, along with its music video, on September 14, 2018.
In March 2020, Dean, along with Timbaland, launched the highly popular Verzuz Instagram webcast series.
In 2003, he became a partner involved in the popular clothing company Kidrobot, a creator and retailer of limited-edition art toys and clothing.
On Twitter in 2010, Dean revealed his new sneaker line with Reebok.
Dean is an avid art collector and connoisseur actively projecting and displaying his taste via Instagram. The curated collection of favourites was first introduced at SCOPE Art Show Miami Beach and has since become known as The Dean Collection, it includes work from emerging and well established artists including KAWS, Keith Haring, Cleon Peterson, Ernest Zacharevic and Erik Jones.
Dean and Keys are co-chairs of the Gordon Parks Foundation, which permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks, a pioneering photographer, filmmaker, musician and activist. The couple acquired what is now the largest private holding of Parks' images and what is now part of the Dean Collection, the couple's philanthropic organization and family collection of international contemporary art. In the summer of 2018, Dean and Keys were featured in Cultured Magazine for their first joint cover, where they delved into Parks' works and the Dean Collection in more depth.
Dean also paints in his free time. He donates the money he earns from his paintings to the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation.
In 2010, Dean became involved in the design and launch of the Aston Martin Rapide. In 2011, Swizz Beatz became the official face of Lotus cars until CEO Dany Bahar left the company. Subsequently, Swizz Beatz returned to Aston Martin for 2013.
In early 2013, Dean invested in and joined the board of Monster, and became involved in product management and marketing activities. Monster products that he is promoting include the Monster GODJ and the Monster 24K headphones.
Dean currently sits as the Vice President - Sports Style Marketing, Design, and Brand Music Development for global footwear and apparel giant Reebok.
Performing Arts Center
On August 9, 2019 it was announced that Dean and his wife, singer Alicia Keys, are planning to transform a large piece of property in Macedon, New York into a music paradise of sorts. The couple wants to make a performing arts center and recording studio out of the former Jindal Films center which includes 111 acres and 3 buildings.
On October 22, 2020 Dean became the first American to win a camel race in Saudi Arabia after he won his first race with his team, Kaseem abu Nasser (Saudi Bronx).
Dean is Muslim. Dean and singer Mashonda Tifrere began dating in 1998. Their first pregnancy ended in a stillbirth in 2000. In 2000, Dean's son, Nasir Dior who is a model and a musician known as Note Marcato, with Nichole Levy was born. Dean and Tifrere married in 2004. In December 2006, their son, Kasseem Dean Jr. was born. Dean also has a daughter Nicole, born in May 2008, with UK-based singer Jahna Sabastian, whom he met in 2007. Dean found out about his daughter a year after her birth. In 2008, Dean and Tifrere announced their break up. According to Dean, they had been separated nine or 10 months by June 2008. Their divorce was finalized in May 2010, citing irreconcilable differences.
Dean dated Alicia Keys, whom he has known since they were teens. They announced they were engaged and expecting their first child in May 2010. During the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the couple took part of a union and had their unborn child blessed in a Zulu ceremony, which took place in the Illovo suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. They married on July 31, 2010 in a private ceremony near the Mediterranean Sea. Keys gave birth to their first son Egypt Daoud Dean in October 2010. Their second son, Genesis Ali Dean, was born in December 2014. Dean contributed to Tifrere's 2018 book on co-parenting with him and Keys.
In 2012, Dean was appointed as the Global Ambassador for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).
In April 2014, Dean was accepted into Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management executive program. In October 2017, Dean shared a video on social media, celebrating the final days leading up to his graduation: "It's been a blessing coming from the Bronx, going to Harvard. A lot of people were saying why would you go to school? It's never too late to get your education, further your education." He continued by encouraging others to seek education as well. "Knowledge is power. It don't have to be an Ivy league school. Just as long as you're doing your thing, do your thing." In November 2017, Dean confirmed he had graduated from the OPM program.
In March 2016, Dean announced that his son Egypt was a credited producer on Kendrick Lamar's compilation, Untitled Unmastered.
Involvement with Jho Low
In 2012, Dean began associating with Malaysian businessman Jho Low, alleged to be the mastermind of the 1MDB scandal. Dean appeared at a variety of Low's parties, and became known as one of Low's inner circle of American celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Paris Hilton. Jho Low was known to give lavish gifts or cash payments to his celebrity friends and Dean received an $800k payment to attend Low's 31st, lavish birthday party. Dean is also credited with helping Low navigate both the art world, and the music industry in the U.S., where Low acquired a number of renowned paintings and a stake in EMI music publishing, which was ultimately recovered by the U.S. Department of Justice and estimated at a value of $415 million.
Main articles: Swizz Beatz discography and Swizz Beatz production discography
- Studio albums
Awards and nominations
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