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Alicia Keys Has Been Married to Musical Producer Swizz Beatz for 10 Years — Who Is He?

Bettina Dizon
Dec 25, 2020
02:20 P.M.
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Swizz Beatz began producing music at the young age of 16 and reached great heights in his career alongside his famous wife, Alicia Keys.

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Alicia Keys is among the most celebrated singers, whose husband of eleven years, Swizz Beatz, is also successful in the music industry as a producer.

Born Kasseem Dean in the Big Apple, he began his career as a DJ in Atlanta, Georgia, before producing tracks at the young age of 16. Here are more facts about him.

Swizz Beatz during the Blacks' Annual Gala at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on October 25, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Swizz Beatz during the Blacks' Annual Gala at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on October 25, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

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HIP HOP PRODUCER

Dean is a sought-after producer who previously collaborated with DMX and was behind the songs “Get It on the Floor,” “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and “Party Up (Up in Here).”

He also worked with some of the industry’s most iconic talents, including Whitney Houston for her song “Million Dollar Bill,” Lil Wayne’s “Uproar,” and Beyoncé’s four songs, “Get Me Bodied,” “Lost Yo Mind,” “Ring the Alarm,” and “Upgrade U.”

The producer’s hard work did not go unnoticed as he was recognized with six Grammy Award nominations throughout his career, one of which he won.

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SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND

While he is a star in his own right, Keys still gained more success as a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist. However, her husband never saw competition between their line of work and, instead, fully supports the singer.

He cruised around his garage in a one-minute clip while skating and dancing in between.

Dean encouraged all men to do the same in one of his Instagram posts. “You shouldn’t be jealous or upset if you have a Queen that’s successful, Smarter or better than you [sic]!” he wrote.

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PREVIOUSLY MARRIED

Before tying the knot with the “If I Ain’t Got You” artist, the producer was married to another singer, Mashonda Tifrere, with whom he had a son, Kasseem “KJ” Dean.

When Dean and Tifrere divorced, an issue with Keys as the third party arose, and the three were caught in a public feud. However, they eventually reconciled and decided it was best to be civil for the children.

It took a while for the trio to make their blended family work, but they were able to make the seemingly impossible thing happen for the sake of the kids involved.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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CAR AND MOTORBIKE COLLECTION

With all his hard work and success, Dean earned the right to spend lavishly and reward himself with a luxurious car and motorbike collection, which he gave his fans a glimpse of on social media.

He cruised around his garage in a one-minute clip while skating and dancing in between, passing through five expensive automobiles and two big motorbikes parked on display.

The video also showed Dean’s friends playing a game of pool in his home. Many fans were amazed by the producer’s collection and even compared his garage to Tony Stark's from the Marvel series, “Iron Man.”

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