Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz Have Midas Touch for Music Hits
To date, Dr. Luke and Swizz Beatz have collectively produced hit albums and songs for Britney Spears, Ke$ha, DMX, Katy Perry and Flo Rida, and are currently two of L.A.’s hottest record producers.
For the last few years, the good doctor (born Lukasz Gottwald) from Providence, R.I., has been responsible in whole or in part for such mega-hits as “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus, “Right Round” by Flo Rida, “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha and “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry.
In other words, Dr. Luke creates music that, no matter your age, makes you wave your hands in the air, tap on your steering wheel and turn up the music a little louder on your radio.
In short, if a recent radio hit was catchy, smacked of bubble gum pop and was irritatingly unavoidable, it most likely was produced by Dr. Luke.
Like Dr. Luke, Swizz Beatz enjoys his success while still acknowledging that “people are fans of my music more than fans of me … because they don’t know who I am.”
That may be true, but people do know the company he keeps.
Swizz Beatz’ third album, “Haute Living,” released last summer, includes an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop, and R&B stars such as Bono and Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z and Kanye West and John Legend.
This album, according to Beatz, is a far cry from his first work with hip-hop artist and current renaissance man DMX.
The two collaborated in the late 1990s, when X was part of hip-hop’s notorious Ruff Ryders, creating an aggressive sound that led to multi-platinum success.
Since then, DMX’s famous legal problems slowed his music career, but X is only gearing up for more with a new independent label, Big Jake Music. And Beatz hasn’t forgotten his friend of more than a decade.
To underscore his loyalty, Beatz recently produced X’s seventh studio album, “Undisputed,” which includes hip-hop heavy hitters such as the late Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls.
Of DMX’s comeback attempt, Beatz said, “Expect the unexpected. Expect the new and improved. Expect hip-hop. Expect real music. Expect the Dog to be back.”
For more information on X and his album, “Undisputed,” visit www.bigjakemusic.com.