Swizz Beatz on Making Art, Collecting, Being Compared to Basquiat by Jeffrey Deitch

138844988 Swizz Beatz on Making Art, Collecting, Being Compared to Basquiat by Jeffrey Deitch

Keys, Beatz. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

When we last heard from music producer Swizz Beatz, back in December, he was talking about opening a gallery. “I feel like I found the new Warhol in Japan, the new Murakami in Hong Kong,” he said in an interview on Jay-Z’s Life and Times website.

There’s no sign of that project yet, but in an interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Swizz, a k a Kaseem Dean (who’s married to R&B singer Alicia Keys), talks a bit about collecting (he owns work by Ansel Adams and Peter Max) and his burgeoning art career. He also shares a story about Jeffrey Deitch:

Jeffrey Deitch once told me that I reminded him of Basquiat when he first came in, and I thought that was a huge statement because I’m like, Basquiat is on a different level! But once I digested it, I understood what Jeffrey meant: Basquiat had the same hunger and passion. He was young and out there and into music and in a place he probably wasn’t supposed to be. I took that as a great remark.

Read the whole interview here.