20 years in the game and counting...
Some people consider Kanye West to be many things: Arrogant, a ticking time bomb, and flat out crazy. But I like to call him passionate. Many people despise the fact that Kanye is so conceited. But if you ask me, he’s got a reason. He is one of the most successful producers of our times. At the beginning of his career in the 90s, Ye worked with artists like Foxy Brown, Harlem World, and Carl Thomas, but it was his work on Jay-Z’s 2001 album, The Blueprint, that gained Ye notoriety.
If you didn’t know that, then I’m sure you didn’t know that he probably produced most of your favorite songs ever. But you’re not alone. Many people don’t know that. They are more familiar with Kanye: the overly-conceited rapper than Kanye: the genius producer. Even though his years as a producer were super successful, he aspired to be a rapper. But that doesn’t take away from the amazing that he’s produced over the years. If you’re on the “I hate Kanye” bandwagon, don’t ride off just yet. Here’s why he’s amazing!
T.I. – “Let Me Tell You Something” (2003)
No, let me tell you something! This is one of my favorite tracks off of T.I.’s second studio album, Trap Muzik. The album featured joints produced by both Kanye and DJ Toomp, the dup who would later collaborate on Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Ye produced two out of sixteen tracks on the album: The Zapp and Roger-sampled “Let me Tell You Something” and “Doin My Job,” which features a sample from 70s group Bloodstone.
Nas – “Poppa Was a Playa” (2002)
Nasir’s “Poppa Was a Playa” was featured on his 2002 compilation, The Lost Tapes, but it was actually recorded seven years prior to that. Kanye co-produced the track with Hitman producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie. Ye was D-Dot’s apprentice at the time and didn’t receive credit from Nas’s old label, Columbia Records, which eventually led to a beef between the two producers.
Ludacris ft. Shawna – “Stand Up” (2003)
“When I move, you move… Just like that!” You know the song, but did you know that Kanye produced the track? Yep! This was the first song that both Ye and Luda had sit at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.