Music producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is facing tax liens and warrants from the Internal Revenue Service and the state of New York totaling more than $2.2 million.

The 31-year-old DJ, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, recently became engaged to Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys, who is expecting their child in November. The IRS filed a tax lien against Beatz for $652,727 on June 3 in Rockland County, N.Y., according to the Detroit News. New York State also filed a tax warrant against him and his ex-wife, singer Mashona Tifrere, for $162,300 in February of last year.

Back in August 2008, the IRS filed a lien against him and Tifrere for $556,986 in Rockland County. Earlier that year, the IRS filed a tax lien against him and his ex for $842,645 in Somerset County, N.J.

Beatz’s attorney told The Boombox website that they have been negotiating an “amicable resolution of the dispute” with the government.

Beatz won an award from the Urban Music Awards last year as best producer. He comes from a musical background. His father founded Terrence Dean Entertainment Management and his uncles founded Ruff Ryders Records, where Beatz began producing tracks at the age of 16.


According to his website, he “loves to collect watches and art, and is a major Andy Warhol enthusiast. In addition, he lists cars, jewelry, animation, dogs, planes and fashion among his passions.”


He is also a partner in Kidrobot, a creator and retailer of limited-edition art toys and apparel.

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