Mashonda Dean is an American singer from Boston, Massachusetts. Dean appeared on several songs from hip hop artists in the 2000s. In 2004, she married record producer Swizz Beatz, and was once signed to his label Full Surface, under the aegis of J Records. Dean released her debut studio album January Joy in 2005. In 2011, Dean was a part of the first season of VH1’s reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York.