Pharrell and Swizz Beatz

Why you should know about him: Many know Swizz Beatz as a producer and rapper, but he's been a painter his entire life. Citing inspiration from artists like Salvador Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and others, Swizz creates, shows, and sells work. In an interview with Life+Times, he discussed his plans to open a gallery for promoting young, promising artists, who he's met on his travels. He says, “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.”