Swizz Beatz

Jay-Z Buys Swizz Beatz’ ‘Holy Grail’ Art

Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz’ art will soon be hanging from the walls of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s house. The Roc Nation mogul has purchased a Mercedes-Benz hood that Swizz adorned with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s face. He dubbed the piece “Holy Grail” and dedicated it to Hov. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to art schools.

“Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day,” tweeted Swizz. “what a honor and Blessing I’m so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need.”

The piece is 1/50 car hoods he plans to create for his art exhibit. The super-producer also designed a Porsche hood with Muhammad Ali’s face, which fetched $24,000 at auction.

Check out more of Swizz’ “hood art” below.

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Maxwell Celebrates 40th Birthday in NYC

Swizz Beatz, Maxwell, Tyson Beckford, and Carmelo Anthony

Maxwell ushered in his 40th birthday with a grown and sexy celebration in New York City last night. The R&B heartthrob, who turned 40 last month, partied with his pals Swizz Beatz, Tyson Beckford, and Carmelo Anthony at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club. The birthday boy was presented with a cake and toasted with D’Ussé cognac.

“thank you all of you this is so nice,” tweeted Maxwell, who is gearing up for his new album blackSUMMERS’night.

See more pics from the birthday bash below.

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New Music: Jay-Z – ‘Open Letter’

Timbaland, Jay-Z, and Swizz Beatz

Ya’ll gon’ learn today. Fresh from his trip to Cuba, Jay-Z surprises with a new song, which he premiered on Hot 97 this morning. The hip-hop icon teams with super-producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on “Open Letter.”

Hov doesn’t hold back, addressing recent hot topics including his controversial trip to Cuba with Beyoncé (“Boy from the ‘hood, but got White House clearance”), his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets (“I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seats”), his new deal with Universal Music (“Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep”), and more.

“We almost wanna start a revolution/ You know whenever I’m threatened, I start shootin’,” raps Mr. Carter. “The world’s under new management, the new role model, fuck the Zoolander shit.”

Swizz explained how the collaboration came together. “[Beyoncé] came in the studio and Just Blaze came in the studio and this thing just extended to another level,” he told Hot 97. “The whole thing started with me making a track in Jay’s office, and it just led to ‘Open Letter’ and people learning about things today.”

Hear Jay take ‘em to school with his “Open Letter.”

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Step Out in Style to NRJ Music Awards

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Following a day of celebration for her 32nd birthday, Alicia Keys was back to work, attending the NRJ Music Awards 2013 in Cannes, France. The Grammy-winning singer and her husband Swizz Beatz were all smiles as they held hands and walked the red carpet. Alicia stunned in a black cutout dress, while Swizz looked sharp in a blue suit and fedora.

“Just arrived at the @nrjmusicaward show!! France, I can FEEL the LOVE!!” tweeted Alicia, fresh off the release of her Crystal Waters-inspired remix to “Brand New Me.”

She will return to the U.S. to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in New Orleans next weekend. “I feel really good about it ’cause it’s gonna be just a total different version than anybody else has ever done,” she told Kiss FM in the U.K. “So many people have sang the song and it’s such a famous song. I just wanted to do it in a way that only I can do it, so I’ve created the version that only I could do.”

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2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte, & Swizz Beatz Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius

Old school met new school at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II sponsored by Heineken at Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. On the eve of President Obama’s inauguration, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz, Maxwell, Meek Mill, and more gathered to celebrate their peers and hip-hop’s impact on the election.

2 Chainz, who launched Respect My Vote! to educate convicted felons on voting, cleaned up nicely in a suit as he accepted the street soldier award.

“Doing my thing on the charts is one thing, but to be honored on another avenue, it just feels like a blessing,” he told Newsday. “I’m keeping my head leveled and staying humble.”

His fellow honorees Swizz Beatz and John Legend were also dressed to impress in suits. Lil Mama sported blonde bangs as she joined Yo-Yo and Smooth in a tribute to her idol MC Lyte, who received the lifetime achievement award along with Doug E. Fresh.

Legend was on hand to accept the humanitarian award and spoke about hip-hop’s role in re-electing Obama.

“I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people’s homes through our music and through our culture,” he told Newsday. “I think it made Barack Obama and more people like him possible, so I’m really thankful for hip-hop and the role it plays in society.”

Meek Mill and Marsha Ambrosius also took the stage to perform. The British songstress entertained with “Butterflies” and “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player),” joking that it was Obama’s favorite song.

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Escape to Whistler for the New Year

Alicia Keys

The holidays are not quite over for Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. The superstar couple packed their wintery gear and headed to Whistler, Canada, for a New Year’s vacation in the snow. The whole family made the trip including their son Egypt, Swizz’ two sons, and Alicia’s brother. They hit the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding, and visited an ice castle.

“Showing the boys that Sky is not the limits it’s just the View,” said Swizz as he posed for a photo with his sons.

Of course, he brought the party with him. “We don’t pop bottles we Chop Bottles #ICEPARTY 2013,” tweeted Swizzy as he opened a bottle of Cristal.

See more pics from the family’s winter in Whistler.

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Swizz Beatz Brings Out Alicia Keys, Diddy, & Busta Rhymes at ‘Girls Night Out’

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

It’s showtime! Swizz Beatz brought out some of his superstar friends during “Girls Night Out” at Webster Hall in New York City last night. The super-producer was joined onstage by Diddy (“Same Damn Time”), Busta Rhymes (“Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”), DJ Khaled (“All I Do Is Win”), and his wife Alicia Keys, who surprised him in the middle of “Everyday Birthday.”

“You just gonna pop up on my show like that?” said Swizz, to which Alicia replied, “I just figured I’d come say hi.”

She stuck around to perform her Girl on Fire single “New Day,” which her husband helped produce.

Watch some of the highlights below.

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