The music prodigy developed his talents at a young age by spinning at local clubs, parties and creating his own mix-tapes. At the young age of 16, Swizz was given the chance to work with his uncles, Joaquin Waah and Darrin Dee Dean, who founded the independent record label Ruff Ryders. Seizing the opportunity to make a name for himself with their unknown, but talented roster of artists, Swizz produced the label's first major chart breaking hit, DMX's Stop, Drop. From there on, Swizz's career snowballed, and he started producing hit after hit for other influential talents like the First Lady of Ruff Ryders Eve and Jay-Z on his historic Hard Knock Life album. Having sold multi-platinum numbers before graduating high school, Swizz passed up the traditional role of attending college to shift focus on his explosive career as a producer.
A decade later Swizz continues to show the world that he is unstoppable. From Mary J. Blige's melodious rhythms to Nas' multi-platinum flow, Swizz Beatz is the ingenuity and mastermind behind the magnanimous impact of an endless roster of household name talent, which include such artists as Beyonce, R. Kelly, Busta Rhymes, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Korn, Whitney Houston, Fat Joe, Nas, Ice Cube, Foxy Brown, Christina Milian, Lil' Kim and Redman to name a few. He has also produced scores for various Oliver Stone films including Biker Boys and XXX (Triple X).
Having been presented with numerous awards and honors, which include Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Awards and many others, the natural fire burning inside him has led him to become a business entrepreneur.
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