Swizz Beatz has been going through a personal roller-coaster over the past year. Following his divorce from Mashonda, his rumored relationship with Alicia Keys was finally confirmed and then, they announced their engagement and pregnancy, before finally tying the knot late last month overseas.
With all that out of the way, the super producer is finally back to business, and has revealed that he’s signed a new record deal and is prepping his second solo album.
According to Rap-Up.com, Swizzy has inked a deal with Everest Entertainment and Atlantic/Warner Records to release his second, as-yet-untitled solo album.
The set, due this fall, is expected to feature long list of stars including Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, John Legend, Drake, and T.I.
“I couldn’t ask to be in a better place right now,” Swizz told Rap-Up. “Both Everest and the Atlantic/Warner team have been great and I’m looking forward to sharing this project with true fans of good music.”
With the new record, he says he hopes to make the music long-lasting and has been taking sounds from all his travels across the globe and bringing it into the studio.
“2010 I feel is my graduation year and so I want to graduate my brand, my image, my music, my sound, my audience, my reach — everything, so my album is going to reflect that,” Swizzy says. “I traveled to different countries and collected sounds and am bringing it back to the culture. Nobody’s really raising the bar. In music, there’s things that artists are just getting by with. I feel like we need to bring something more tangible to the table so it’s not a bubblegum factory where the fans are chewing up the latest flavor and spitting it out.”