Then Kanye paid it ahead, agreeing to fulfill with a College of Pennsylvania grad who was navigating the New York music business. “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 Competition 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’d write to them, after which I’d sing hooks on his,” mentioned John. And when The School Dropout artist lastly scored a recording take care of Roc-A-Fella, he obtained his new pal the inexperienced mild, too. Shared Legend, “I believe they gave him the deal extra so he may simply make beats for them and so they simply needed to maintain him in home. However, ultimately, he satisfied everyone, ‘I am an artist. I am not only a producer. I am an artist. Oh, and, by the best way, I signed this actually cool child, John Legend from Ohio, and you must signal him, too.'”
A mixed 32 Grammys later, protected to say that was name.