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It was me just expressing myself and having the opportunity to – it was the one man band.And now I'm doing part two, which is Life After the Party." In 2009, Dean produced many popular singles including "Nasty Girl" by Ludacris featuring Plies, "Who's Real" by Jadakiss featuring OJ da Juiceman, "Million Bucks" by Maino, "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston, "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne, and "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z.
In 2008, Dean began working on his second studio album.The following year, he produced most of the songs of the Ruff Ryders compilation album Ryde or Die Vol. In 2001, in a joint venture with Clive Davis, Swizz Beatz established his own record label, Full Surface Records, which became a subsidiary of J Records. Along with often being associated with Ruff Ryders and Roc-A-Fella Records, Dean began to expand his scope to include production of artists from more mainstream labels such as Elektra, Atlantic, Epic, Def Jam and Bad Boy Entertainment. In June 2007, Swizz Beatz produced and was featured on his Full Surface artist Cassidy's comeback single, "My Drink n My 2 Step", following a murder trial and a car accident.The first artist signed was Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy. The song proved to be a hit, reaching the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.When Dean released his first compilation album Swizz Beatz Presents G. On August 21, 2007, Dean released his solo debut studio album, One Man Band Man.On October 19, 2007 he launched a contest called "Share the Studio", presented by Music Video 2.0 and The Source magazine.Dean was named the first "Producer in Residence" at New York University, for the 2010–11 academic year.
Aside from music, Dean has also added multiple entrepreneurial endeavors to his repertoire, including fashion design, art collecting, and board directing.
At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and his family's Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. In November 2018, Dean released his second studio album, Poison, featuring collaborations with multiple hip hop artists.
Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records in 1999. Dean has produced many hit singles for a number of prominent artists across different music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul and R&B.
In late 2007, in an interview with Format Magazine he had announced the title as Life After the Party saying: "The opportunities that I've got from doing my album (One Man Band Man) are much bigger than just producing.
A lot of things came from me being able to put a voice to my face.
After obtaining the necessary equipment from his stepfather and uncles, he began deejaying as a teenager and enjoyed a modicum of success.