Swizz Beatz, BACARDÍ x Dean Collection Present “No Commission: Art Performs” (PICS)
Guests BACARDÍ x Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs Photo Credit: Angela Pham
Photo Credit: Angela Pham

There was an incredible week/weekend of performances at the BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz’ Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs – a multi-day immersive event where art and music collided for showcases by day and night.  The experience featured musical performances, visual art galleries featuring famed artists including Kehinde Wiley, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Zio Ziegler, and immersive installations in the Bronx, all in celebration of the artist hustle, where it all began.  No Commission is a platform that’s designed specifically to support artists, and forges a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage.  All artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly back to them.  The event closed this weekend with 98% of the art being sold.

Numerous recording artists came out in support of Swizz Beatz, recently named Global Chief Creative of Culture for Bacardi, including A$AP Rocky, Fabolous, Young Thug, DMX, Q-Tip, Pusha T, and Alicia Keys herself came through to close out the weekend.

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Day 1 – A$AP Rocky rocked the house with dynamic performances of his biggest hits, including “Peso,” “Shabba,” “Goldie,” and “L$D.”  To wrap up his set, Swizz and Rocky brought out A$AP Ferg and surprise guest Doug E. Fresh.  Chanel Iman was spotted backstage dancing with friends and enjoying cocktails,while Jessica White, Ty Hunter, and Coco Rocha hung out in the BACARDÍ VIP area.

Day 2 –Young Thug performed a slew of his early hits, and gave the audience a sneak peek of his a track off of his highly anticipated new mixtape, “Jeffrey.”  Following Young Thug’s performance, Angie Martinez jumped on stage to greet the crowd and welcome the next performer, Fabolous.  As Fabolous launched into a dynamic performance of some new material, as well as some of his classics like “Breathe” and “You Make Me Better,” guests in the audience were thrilled when Swizz jumped into the first row to join them and rap along to Fab’s tracks.  Swizz surprised guests with a closing performance by DMX.  Fans went ballistic as the iconic opening instrumental of “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” started, and the veteran rapper was joined by Swizz to close out the show with an earth-shaking rendition of “Party Up.”

Day 3 – Q-Tip kicked off the night and spun a solo set before his pal Swizz Beatz joined him.  The old friends hugged and joked on stage, while guests in the crowd danced and sang along to Q-Tip’s iconic “Vivrant Thing.” Following Q-Tip and Swizz’s performance, the two welcomed Pusha T to the stage, who performed hits like “Mercy,” and his part in Kanye West’s “Runaway,” as well as some his Clipse work, such as the crowd favorite, “Grindin.’”

Day 4 – Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys celebrated closing day with a brunch for 100 people, and enjoyed the empty grounds at the close of the event, riding the Ferris wheel together and with friends, taking selfies and photos of the views of the Bronx.

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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