It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly ten years since the release of Swizz Beatz’s debut studio album, One Man Band Man. Since the summer 2007 release, the rapper/producer (born Kasseem Dean) has appeared on five Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, won his first Grammy Award, and of course, married singer Alicia Keys, with whom he has two beautiful children.
Now, after almost a decade of musical focus around other artists’ work, it seems as if Swizz has at long last returned to album mode. Earlier today, the Ruff Ryder previewed several new tracks via Instagram, which include guest appearances from the likes of 2 Chainz, Giggs, French Montana, Young Thug, and longtime partner-in-crime, DMX:
Initially, a follow up to One Man Band Man was set to arrive in 2011 under the name Haute Living, a project Beatz ultimately ended up scrapping. With Swizz’s hard-hitting, headbanging, New York sound clearly present in these clips, we’re excited for what the future holds in terms of his upcoming solo music.