Swizz Beatz on the cover of Paper Magazine’s music issue.
Swiveling on a stool in the control room of Jungle City Studios, Swizz is playing me selections from his new album, Haute Living. At 32, he’s nearly twice as old as he was when he first started out in the business. He’s a family man, a new dad with a superstar wife; a creative consultant, collaborating with the luxury automobile company Aston Martin to create their first four-door model; a fashion designer, working with Reebok and Christian Louboutin; and Producer-in-Residence at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
“Man, I crossed bridges in the industry that should stop water,” he says. “Me coming from the South Bronx and partnering up with Christian Louboutin — we’re not supposed to be in that world!”
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