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After obtaining the necessary equipment from his stepfather and uncles, he began deejaying as a teenager and enjoyed a modicum of success.
After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, due to his repeated involvement in violent behavior at Harry S.
At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and his family's Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. In November 2018, Dean released his second studio album, Poison, featuring collaborations with multiple hip hop artists.
Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records in 1999. Dean has produced many hit singles for a number of prominent artists across different music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul and R&B.
After initially turning to fans to help decide on an album title, Dean eventually announced in August 2010, while in a New York City recording session with Mary J.
Blige, that the title would be Haute Living, as "it's the perfect phrase to state what he's all about".
It was me just expressing myself and having the opportunity to – it was the one man band.
And now I'm doing part two, which is Life After the Party." In 2009, Dean produced many popular singles including "Nasty Girl" by Ludacris featuring Plies, "Who's Real" by Jadakiss featuring OJ da Juiceman, "Million Bucks" by Maino, "Million Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston, "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne, and "On to the Next One" by Jay-Z.
In his early work, he generally chose not to sample, instead using the Korg Trinity and Triton keyboards and seeking to accentuate the performance aspect of his music.
The first promotional single from Haute Living was entitled "Everyday (Coolin')", features a verse from Eve, was produced by Joe Lindsay, and was released through on March 28, 2011. But they're all on the album in super amazing ways.
In an April 2011 interview with Paper Mag, Dean revealed that a few yet-to-be-released special collaborations will appear on the album including one titled "Skyscrapers" featuring Kanye West and Bono: "We got this song–it's me, Bono and Kanye on this one song called “Skyscrapers.” I recorded with Kanye in the studio and then I recorded with Bono in this actual studio right here. It's not like a compilation–it's a nice mixture of creativity.
The first offering, "DJ Play that Beat", featured Estelle, and was released on October 25.
Other Monster Monday tracks feature Rakim, Pusha T, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell and many more.He's been a member of trustees at the Brooklyn Museum since 2015, and a creative director for the companies Monster Cable and Reebok.