Kanye West: The Producer by Tomisin Akins
"Rapper. Visionary. Jackass. Artist. Mogul. Designer. Celebrity. Producer. Icon. Genius."
Kanye West has been described as everything listed above and more over his musical career spanning over two decades.
Kanye West’s production skills have created career-defining success for other artists that he has collaborated with, from Common to Jay-Z, Pusha T to John Legend. West began his career weaving together arrangements for artists like Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Beanie Sigel before making it big in the early 2000s, when he was tapped as an in-house producer for JAY Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. However, Kanye’s unique use of samples in production wasn’t respected for for years, with young Yeezy even being dubbed a “cut price Just Blaze” throughout the industry. In 2001, since his work on The Blueprint, Kanye has produced over 200 songs for other artists, including eleven Top 10 singles and multiple #1 albums.
From The Blueprint, Kanye-produced songs became Jay’s highest charting single twice in the space of 14 months: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” in August 2001 (8), and “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” in October 2002 (4). When Kanye rapped “Niggas hustle every day for a beat from Ye” on 2011’s “Made In America”, he was just being honest, have a look at the numbers:
The Best of Kanye-Produced: