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Grammy-winning songwriter/producer and entrepreneur Swizz Beatz, neé Kasseem Dean, has moved to ASCAP.

Best known for his work on tracks like DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” T.I.’s “Bring Em Out,” Lil Wayne’s “Uproar” and Mýa’s “The Best of Me,” among others, the megaproducer is also the co-creator of Verzuz, a livestreaming music battle series he launched with Timbaland in 2020.

“Swizz Beatz’s talent as a songwriter-producer is second to none," shared John Titta, ASCAP EVP and Chief Creative Officer. “We are so happy to welcome him to the ASCAP family.”

"I'm excited to be back with the ASCAP family," added Swizz. "They have always fought hard for songwriters and in times like these, they are an incredibly important source of support for music creators."

From working at his uncle’s company, Ruff Ryder Records, at 16 to launching his own label, Full Surface Records, with Clive Davis at 23, Swizz has worked with artists like Jay-Z, Madonna, Kanye West, Metallica and more. The recent Harvard Business School grad is also involved in multiple charities, including his wife Alicia Keys’ organization, Keep A Child Alive to fight AIDS, among others.