Swizz Beatz: Producer, Mogul, Master Painter

By Selina Kaye

Swizz Beatz has proven that he is a man of many talents. As a producer, he has sat behind the boards for some of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, T.I., Fat Joe and Busta Rhymes. As a label founder and mogul, he introduced the world to DMX and Ruff Ryders. As a performer, he had a massive hit with "It's Me B----es". Lately, he's been honing his skills as a tattoo artist, and last week photos surfaced of Swizz inking Eve (another Ruff Ryders find) with a black spider on her shoulder. Now Swizz is working to nurture yet another role: Painter.

Lately on his Twitter, Swizz has been plugging his burgeoning art career. He posted two pictures of paintings he has recently completed: One of a mother and child, and another depicting a young Michael Jackson that he made as a tribute to the late star. Both paintings are beautiful and intricate, and Swizz clearly has an eye for detail and skills with a brush.

He's also been working his way into the art community. In fact, a few weeks ago Swizz hosted an event sponsored by high-end magazine Haute Living in Miami, celebrating the opening night of Art Basel Miami, a top-shelf worldwide art show. His artwork was showcased on the walls of the restaurant at the event. All the while, Swizz has kept it interactive, streaming video of him working in his art studio and keeping his fans posted via Twitter. In fact, he recently Tweeted that he has his first solo show coming up soon.

He hasn't forgotten his other projects, though, as he has a new production on Whitney Houston's new album and has at least one credit on 50 Cent's upcoming Before I Self Destruct.