Then Kanye paid it ahead, agreeing to satisfy 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 Pageant occasion of that preliminary encounter. “He is working with all these guys from Roc-A-Fella.”
Quickly the 2 up-and-comers had been assembly at Kanye’s Newark condo. “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 take care of Roc-A-Fella, he obtained his new pal the inexperienced gentle, too. Shared Legend, “I believe they gave him the deal extra so he may simply make beats for them and so they simply wished to maintain him in home. However, finally, he satisfied everyone, ‘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 you must signal him, too.'”
A mixed 32 Grammys later, secure to say that was a superb name.