In November 2010, Swizz Beatz previewed the album and confirmed guest appearances from Bono, Travis Barker, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Mary J.
Blige and John Legend, as well as his wife Alicia Keys.
In his early work, he generally chose not to sample, instead using the Korg Trinity and Triton keyboards and seeking to accentuate the performance aspect of his music.
With his uncles Waah & Dee, as well as his aunt Chivon Dean, all involved with the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label, Swizz Beatz began to produce tracks at age 16.
In 2008, Dean began working on his second studio album.
Swizz Beatz then began producing major hip-hop songs released in 1998 such as "Banned from T. Stories, in 2002, he began to get noticed for his production style and interesting ideas, as well as his protege and artist, Cassidy, who also started to gain recognition for his ability as well.
He went on to sign multiple artists to the label, including Eve and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, among others. His catalog includes "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" (DMX), "Banned from T.
Dean also went on to release two albums under the label; the first was a compilation, titled Swizz Beatz Presents G. V." (Noreaga), "Gotta Man" (Eve), "Jigga My Nigga" (Jay-Z), "Party Up (Up in Here)" (DMX), "Check on It", "Ring the Alarm" (Beyoncé), "Good Times" (Styles P), "Bring 'Em Out" (T.
He spent much of his childhood raised by his mother in the North East Bronx, where he first encountered hip hop.
After obtaining the necessary equipment from his stepfather and uncles, he began deejaying as a teenager and enjoyed a modicum of success.