Swizz Beatz Enters The Fine Arts

Swizz Beatz goes beyond music and steps into the world of canvas and paint.  He takes a moment to speak with the NY Post about his appreciation for greats such as Salvador  Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Herring, and Andy Warhol, then goes on to talk about their influence on his own work. [via Miss Info]

Maroon 5’s Call & Response Features Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Pharrell, and more

According to Billboard, Maroon 5’s remix album entitled Call & Response is scheduled for release on December 9th and features the production handiwork of Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Questlove, Pharrell Williams, DJ Quick, David Banner, The Cool Kids, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Mark Ronson, and more.  Needless to say it should be very interesting to hear … Read more

Swizz Beatz Street Science Commercial/PSA

School supply manufacturer Street Science has recruited Swizz Beatz as a spokesperson in their series of commerciasl/PSA’s.  I’ve got much love and respect for Swizz as an artist, producer, and businessman, but… Disturbing Thoughts: I was under the impression that one of the main points of an education was to get away from "the streets" … Read more

Swizz Beatz Is A Production Empire

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Forbes Magazine just dropped a feature on Swizz Beatz detailing his earning potential from music and collaborative efforts with cell phone providers and clothing manufacturer Tommy Hilfiger.  It’s amazing to obtain a small glimpse into the scale of Swizz’s personal economy.

Last year he rode his royalty-spewing catalog of the 400 songs he’s produced up to No. 17 on Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with an estimated $12 million in pretax earnings. Like many rappers, he splurges on flashy cars (a Lamborghini Murciélago, a Mercedes SLR McLaren and a Cadillac Escalade, to name a few), but his finest possession is an art collection that includes original paintings by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He can afford a few more. His earnings for 2008 will probably top $17 million.

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Swizz Beatz Tells Beat Tape Tales & Production Influences

Swizz Beatz steps up to the Round Table to discuss moving from the Bronx to Atlanta, starting as an DJ, his first track placement at the age of 17, and making music for the love.

More glorious stories are told including influential beats, writing rhymes for MC’s, and bringing a beat cassette to Jay Z that included the instrumental for "Money Cash Hoes"… he went on to place tracks for 3 out of 5 beats! 

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Swizz Beatz SESAC Interview Series

In an interview for SESAC, Swizz Beatz breaks down the difference between a producer and a beatmaker.  He specifically goes into the importance of having a game plan, setting the tone for a session, and playing psychologist.  In the second segment, he goes into the creative process behind making hits and where he finds inspiration … Read more

Swizz Beatz Interview: Goals And Sacrifice

Superproducer Swizz Beatz talks about getting his start DJ’ing, mixtapes, and cutting hair.  He also tells of his sacrifices, goals, average day on the grind and sources of inspiration.  A very important part to pay attention to is how Swizz addresses the future of digital technology and the power of promotional distribution channels such as … Read more