Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz took their son to the New York screening of Penguins of Madagascar earlier this month. Beatz recently spoke about being at a transitional point in his life during a conversation with Vulture. 


“You can’t expect to do 100 things, so I really focus on art,” said Swizz. The star went into detail about his love of colors and the creativity within that really began during his younger years in the Bronx. “My [graffiti] tag name was Loco,” explained the star. “We sprayed a lot at this little park in front of my building, 700 East 156th Street, Apartment 2E, to be precise, and that area has since been built up and transformed — even though the place looks like a mess now — and the little park was destroyed. All my tags were erased.”

In addition to art, Beatz is also pursing higher education at Harvard Business School. “I go back in March,” shared the star with Vulture. “I am a part of different deals and situations now, which is huge.”

So why is the famed producer switching gears by investing more time and energy into business and the arts? “I have won every accolade I can have in music. I am 36 years old now, have a family, am a husband, do you think I am going to dress cool and jump onstage for the rest of my life? That isn’t cool. If a person chooses to do that at 40, that’s a choice, but I don’t want that.”

Swizz Beatz and wife Alicia Keys are expecting their second child to arrive next month. Egypt is waiting in great anticipation with his parents for the arrival of his little brother or sister.

Photos: @SwizzBeatz



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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