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Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz’s 5-Year-Old Son Makes a Beat for Kendrick Lamar


Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesKendrick Lamar‘s surprise new album, untitled unmastered, arrived late Thursday and features production credits from the usual suspects, like Da Internz, DJ Spinz, Hit-Boy, DJ Khalil, and Nard & B. However, the Compton rapper also surprisingly enlisted Egypt Daoud Dean, the 5-and-a-half-year-old son of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

Swizz confirmed that his son produced the beat for “untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016,” a two-part song that features piano instrumentation from the child prodigy, to whom Kendrick refers as “Young Egypt.”

“This is the best Dad moment everrrrr!!!” said his father Swizz. “thx #Kendrick for investing in the future!!!”

So how did this all come together?  Alicia offered up the backstory on her own Instagram. “He got up that morning humming a melody….. We went to the piano to find it….he picked it out by ear….he loves to play…. I know that feeling,” Congratulations Egypt for practicing and learning and trying and listening to the music in your heart!”

You can check out Kendrick’s untitled unmastered, the follow-up to his 2015 Grammy-winning To Pimp a Butterfly, on iTunes now.

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