Swizz Beatz: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Alicia’s Keys’ husband, Swizz Beatz, could not contain his excitement over his wife’s second pregnancy.

He posted this message of joy to Twitter:

Beatz, whose real name is, Kasseem Dean, is a hip artist and producer, and met Keys through the business.

They married in July 2010, three months before they welcomed their son, Egypt.

Here’s what you need to know about the Bronx native who stole the songstress’ heart.

1. Alicia Wasn’t Interested in Him at First

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The songstress didn’t fall for her future husband right away. It fact, in the beginning, she thought he was “ostentatious.”

She admitted to Marie Claire:

Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewelery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, “He is so annoying.”

However, the pair finally worked together, and the rest is musical history.

2. He Won a Grammy

He’s produced singles for Nas, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Bono.

In 2011, he took home the Grammy with Jay-Z for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” for their collaboration on “On to the Next One.” You can watch the music video above.

3. He Has a Street in the Bronx Named After Him

In 2014, he was inducted into the Bronx’s Walk of Fame.

To commemorate, he wrote this on Instagram:

Today is a real day to remember for me!! In 1998 today “Stop Drop” came out. This very same day in 2014 to announce getting inducted into the BRONX Walk Of Fame. For that honor the BX will name a street after me. I’m calling it SWIZZ BEATZ ST. To reflect on this great moment I went back to my old hood on Boston RD and chilled in my old backyard. #Bronx100 #BX

He continued,

“I would always say I came from nothing, but I was wrong the entire time! I come from something and that’s the all mighty BRONX SWIZZ BEATZ ST located on Grand Concourse please stop by”

4. He Went to Harvard for Business

This year he was accepted to Harvard Business School’s nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program. This was a big deal for him since he never went to college.

He wrote on Instagram, “This might be one of the happiest days of my life. From BX to Harvard.”

“It was amazing to go from my crib to a dorm room, he said in the interview above, with the Breakfast Club.

“There comes a time when you have to graduate your brand and set up for the next 20 years,” he added.

5. He’s a Creative Director for Reebok

In 2011, he made a name for himself in the sneaker industry by saying, “Reebok’s back.” Sure enough, the brand enjoy an increase in success after his prediction.

In an interview with Sole Collector, he said, “Even though it probably seemed like I was a little ahead of myself at the time, I’m glad I did it…”

Sneakernews.com wrote, “The Swizz Beatz x Reebok relationship is not your typical celebrity endorsement one. Swizz’s role is much deeper than that, and his constant appearances in Reebok footwear of all sorts help to solidify that notion.”

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