Music producer Swiss Beatz was recently the subject of a Forbes profile
on the business of hip-hop but big money can also come with big tax bills. TMZ is reporting that Swiss Beatz
, a.k.a. Kasseem Mike Dean and his estranged wife, singer Mashonda owe $842,644.52 in taxes and a tax lien has been filed. This news comes just after he was named seventh on a list of the biggest earning hip-hop stars for 2008 that estimated his annual earnings at $17 million. He has been working with Tommy Hilfiger on his new music projects as well as producing hits for hip-hop stars including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Beyoncé and DMX and releasing his first solo rap album, One Man Band Man last year.