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Francis Coquelin

Exactly 10 Years Ago To The Date, Music Began.

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In celebration of Kanye West's "The College Dropout," here are the stories of 26 contributors – "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" – who were involved in the making of the album, and more importantly, became instrumental to Kanye West's career.


The Players

88-Keys – Founder of Locksmith Music | Producer | Rapper

Common – Rapper

Consequence Rapper

Coodie & Chike – Directors | Founders of Creative Control

Damon Dash – Executive Producer | Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella Records

Devo Springsteen – Cousin to Kanye West | Former roomate to John Legend | Producer | Songwriter

Ferris Bueller – Marketing

Freeway – Rapper

Gee Roberson – Co-Executive Producer | Manager | Co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978 | Co-CEO of Blueprint Group

GLC Rapper

JB Marshall – Manager | A&R Executive

J. Ivy – Poet

Joe "3H" Weinberger –Management | Former A&R, Capitol Records

John Legend – Singer | Songwriter

John Monopoly – Manager | Co-Founder of Hustle Period

Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua - Co-Executive Producer | Manager | Co-Co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978

Miri Ben-Ari – Violinist

No I.D. – Producer

Olskool Ice-Gre – Former G.O.O.D. Music A&R | Founder of Honest Management

Plain Pat - Producer | Songwriter | Fromer A&R, Island Def Jam

Really Doe – Rapper

Shalik Berry –  VP of A&R, Epic Records | Former A&R Coordinator, Island Def Jam

Syleena Johnson – Singer | Songwriter

Talib Kweli – Rapper

Tony Williams – Cousin to Kanye West | Singer | Songwriter




Great read.


Album stream


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Tbh I thought the exact same about that album for the longest time. I swear it's only since the last couple of years I've finally been able to appreciate the brilliance of it.

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Overrated album, never seen the hype for kanye, he is a nice producer but hasn't got many good verses.

:/ clueless

Verses on all falls down,get em high,never let me down,spaceship etc = real life stuff

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