Kasseem Dean, aka Mr. Alicia Keys (or, if you prefer, Professor Swizz Beatz) is adding another title to his impressive resume: gallerist. The legendary hip-hop producer (who recently got the exclusive rights to produce official Jean Michel Basquiat apparel and footwear) was name-dropping contemporary artists long before Jay-Z hung a Basquiat in the lobby of his spot, and he’s putting his knowledge of the art world to use.
In a Swizzy profile on Life + Times, he reveals his humble hopes for the as yet nameless and location-less gallery (though his studio is in Chelsea, so one would assume his gallery will be too).
I want my gallery to be for young up and coming artists from around the world that people wouldn’t easily discover. [...] I feel like I found the new [Andy] Warhol in Japan, the new [Takashi] Murakami in Hong Kong—not to compare their work so much but as far as [their] thinking outside of the box. I found a couple of sick artists in Africa, in Mexico too.
We think the new gallery should be named after one of Swizzy’s very first tracks: