Swizz is on a roll. First he wed his superstar wife, Alicia Keys. Next, they celebrated the birth of their son, Egypt Dean. And now Swizz has been named Producer-In-Residence at New York University and will be working with students in The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.
It seems like hip-hop heads aren’t the only ones who recognize Swizz’s gifts. In a press release issued by the university, Jeffrey Rabhan, the chair of The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, gushed about Swizz’s talent. “Swizz Beatz’ amazing track record as an artist and producer, coupled with his commitment to education, makes him the ideal role model for our students,” Rabhan said. “We consider it a great honor to have him involved with this unique program.”
As if being a super-producer wasn’t enough, Swizz’s new gig will entail hosting group lectures and one-on-one sessions with students. He’ll also be providing students with songwriting critiques, mentoring, and will act as a liaison between the Tish School of the Arts and industry heavyweights. So far Swizz is scheduled to appear at NYU four times this semester, and will continue meeting with students next year.
Although he is a super-producer and known around the globe, Swizz is humbled by this honor. “I’m excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students,” Swizz said in a press release. “The invitation from Mr. Davis and professor Rabhan is humbling and I’m honored.”
Swizz Beatz’ influence has spread far beyond music. Not only has he made hits for everyone from Jay-Z to Metallica, he’s also a designer and philanthropist. Not to be outdone by some of his contemporaries, Swizz has been working with upscale shoe designer Christian Louboutin on an limited-edition men’s line, and he has adopted the Bronx Charter School for the arts, located in his hometown borough.
By naming him Producer-In-Residence, NYU has recognized what we’ve all see over the years: Swizz has the platinum touch.