Kanye then paid the money by agreeing to meet with a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who ran New York’s music industry. “My roommate said,‘ You have to meet my cousin Kanye. He is working on the album Jay-Z, ”John recalled during this first meeting at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. “He’s working with all these guys from Roc-A-Fella.”

Soon the two newcomers met at Kanye’s apartment in Newark. “He gave me bats for my demo and I wrote to them and then sang hooks on it,” John said. And if Dropping out of college the artist finally signed with Roc-A-Fella, he also got the green light for his new friend. A common legend: “I think they gave him a deal more so he could just do a bit for them and they just wanted to keep him at home. But in the end, he convinced everyone, ‘I’m an artist.’ I’m not just a producer. I am an artist. Oh, and by the way, I signed this really cool guy, John Legend of Ohio, and you also have to sign him. “

Combined 32 “Grammys” later, it is safe to say that it was good.


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