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Haute 100 New York Update: Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets -Miami, New YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Today, we turn our attention to one of the hottest producers and entertainers in the music industry right now, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean.

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean

Category: Entertainer

Industry: Music

What MADE Him Haute: The rapper/record producer and executive sold his first beat when he was just 17, and it became DMX’s hit single Ruff Ryders Anthem. The multi-talented Beatz is also a painter, collector, CEO, entrepreneur, father, and even the United Nation’s Music Ambassador for World Peace.

What Makes Him Haute Now: Aside from recently announcing his engagement to superstar Alicia Keys, the pair are also expecting a baby. Move over Beyoncé and Jay Z, Hollywood has a new power couple in town. If you turn on your radio or look at the top 10 on the billboard charts, you’re probably listening to a song that he produced. He recently collaborated and produced Drakes new album, which is a smash hit across the country. He’s also teaming up with the up and coming new Princess of Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj, to work on some tracks. His future projects include producing new records for Britney Spears’ upcoming album, as well as T.I.’s new release. Recently, while on a trip to South Africa with Alicia Keys, he donated massive amounts of clothing to a slum the pair visited showcasing his charitable side. We expect only bigger and better things from this man in the future.

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014