Then Kanye paid it ahead, agreeing to satisfy with a College of Pennsylvania grad who was navigating the New York music trade. “My roommate was like, ‘You gotta meet my cousin, Kanye. He is engaged on Jay-Z’s album,” John recalled throughout a 2018 the Tribeca Movie Pageant occasion of that preliminary encounter. “He is working with all these guys from Roc-A-Fella.”
Quickly the 2 up-and-comers have been assembly at Kanye’s Newark condominium. “He would give me beats for my demo and I might write to them, after which I might sing hooks on his,” stated John. And when The Faculty Dropout artist lastly scored a recording cope with Roc-A-Fella, he acquired his new pal the inexperienced mild, too. Shared Legend, “I believe they gave him the deal extra so he might simply make beats for them they usually simply wished to maintain him in home. However, ultimately, he satisfied all people, ‘I am an artist. I am not only a producer. I am an artist. Oh, and, by the way in which, I signed this actually cool child, John Legend from Ohio, and it’s best to signal him, too.'”
A mixed 32 Grammys later, secure to say that was a very good name.