September 13, 1978 in The Bronx
Bronx, United States
Kasseem Dean (born September 13, 1978), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is a Grammy Award winning hip hop recording artist, record producer, and composer from New York City, New York. Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his music career as a disc jockey (DJ) and has since added rapper, record executive, creative director, fashion designer and painter to his repertoire. At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label.