As you look around, they don't do it like Kanye West's Clique. Sure, Maybach Music Group and YMCMB have rosters to be reckoned with, but Yeezy's fold—comprised of young swag rappers, veteran lyricists, producers, R&B singers and hustlers—is undoubtedly the game's most eclectic collective. It's the Grammy Family indeed. With 'Ye, John Legend and Kid Cudi all having one awards. The roster also spans generations. Big Sean was only two years old when Q-Tip burst on the scene with A Tribe Called Quest's debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm in 1990. Tomorrow (September 18), G.O.O.D's long awaited crew album, Cruel Summer finally hit stores. But, a few former G.O.O.D staples aren't on the album. Consequence and GLC, both inaugural members of the squad, have now parted ways with West. Fonzworth Bentley, who's still on good terms with 'Ye, is also missing in action. Here, XXL looks back on the history of Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music roster.—Christoher Minaya (@CM_3)
Consequence was by Kanye's side even before G.O.O.D Music was officially formed. He appeared on 'Ye's first two albums, and his 2007 debut, Don't Quit Your Day Job was released via G.O.O.D. But things didn't end well. Last year, Cons confirmed that he'd parted ways with Yeezy, citing albums delays and not being credited for some of his work as the reason for his departure. He then launched his own Band Camp Records.
One of the original members of G.O.O.D. was Gangsta L. Crisis (GLC), who, back in the 1990s, was a part of another group with Kanye, The Go Getters. He appeared on West's College Dropout and Late Registration, but his 2010 debut, Love, Life & Loyalty—despite largely being produced by West—was not released on the imprint. In 2010, during an October interview with XXL, the Anti Simp confirmed that he had not been signed to G.O.O.D. since 2006.
"I was the first one of that crew, so I'm honored to be a founding member," Legend shared with BET this year. Legend's debut album and G.O.O.D.'s first major release, Get Lifted, was released in 2004, and his other projects, 2006's Once Again, 2008's Evolver and 2010's Wake Up! were as well.
Doe made himself known quickly by delivering a standout hook on Kanye West's "We Major" also featuring Nas. But the brief buzz never translated into a full length project. Rather than officially sign with Kanye's label, Really Dee Williams chose go with Cartel Records in 2008, thinking that he would gain more respect from the public to do it on his own. His debut single, "Plastic," did feature a verse from Kanye. But, really though?
Common appeared on West's "Get 'Em High" off The College Dropout and shortly after announced his signing to the imprint in 2004. He released two stellar LPs on the label, Be and Finding Forever in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Though no longer contractually obligated to G.O.O.D. Music, Common is still part of the Grammy Family.
Bentley landed a deal with G.O.O.D. around 2006 and his debut, C.O.L.O.U.R.S. was slated to drop the following year. He released "Everybody" featuring West and Andre 3000, but the album would never be released on G.O.O.D. He dropped the LP directly on iTunes last year. After taking some years off to focus on his marriage, Bentley got deal with with Entertainment One, but still performed as a part of G.O.O.D.'s SXSW showcase this past March.
SA-RA is production trio comprised of Om'Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn and Taz Arnold. The three were scheduled to make their debut, The Hollywood Recordings with G.O.O.D. but ended up releasing it with Babygrande Records in 2007.
The Chicago-bred Spoken Word artist has been down with 'Ye from the start. His second album, G.O.O.D Morning, G.O.O.D Night dropped on the label in 2009. He's featured on Cruel Summer.
Tip decided to take his talents to G.O.O.D. this April and plans to drop The Last Zulu through the label. He's previously worked on West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch the Throne.
Kid Cudi dropped his fourth album, indicud, today. A few weeks before its release, he announced via a radio interview that he was no longer a member of GOOD Music, Kanye West's boutique label that signed him in the late 2000s. According to Cudi, he and Kanye have remained close and will continue to work together. Whether this is true or not, we wanted celebrate Cud and Ye's brotherly bond with a photo gallery of photos of them together. Check it out…
In 2009, Hudson made a bit a of noise with the lead single to Straight No Chaser, his G.O.O.D. Music debut album, that featured Kanye, "Supernova." He's also appeared on Watch the Throne's "Why I Love You."
XXL broke the news of Bey's signing in the October issue of 2010. Bey is now working with Mannie Fresh— who has been working with G.O.O.D. heavily— on a joint LP.
Yeezy's protege signed up in 2007 after spitting for the Louis Vuitton Don at a radio station. Sean's debut, Finally Famous, dropped on G.O.O.D last year and he appears on Cruel Summer.
The 2011 XXL Freshman joined the G.O.O.D. camp in August of 2010. Since then, he has released a few mixtapes, appeared on 'Ye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Cruel Summer and is working on his solo debut, The Hardway Musical.
Push confirmed his enrollment to Kanye's crew right after performing "Runaway" with West during MTV's Video Music Awards in September of 2010. His Fear of God II: Let Us Pray EP dropped on G.O.O.D last year and he appears on Cruel Summer.
D'Banj and Don Jazzy's signed to G.O.O.D. in July of last year. They stand as two of Nigeria's most accomplished musicians, adding an international dynamic to Yeezy's label.
Back in May, Kanye tweeted, "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D.!!!!!!” The tweet lead outlets to report that he was signed to G.O.O.D Music, but Chainz has no contractual ties to the label. He appears on Cruel Summer a few times, most notably on the LP's lead single, "Mercy."
The Harlem songstress made her G.O.O.D debut with "Christmas In Harlem." She's also backed Kanye during some of his live performances. She officially signed with Yeezy this past May. During an interview with MTV, Taylor dubbed herself "the princess of G.O.O.D. Music," "the first lady of G.O.O.D. Music," "the baby of G.O.O.D. Music." She appears on Cruel Summer.
Before becoming known for his contributions to Watch the Throne, Hit signed with G.O.O.D. in May of last year. He has since produced for Pusha, Big Sean and others in the clique and is in the midst of trying to prove he can rap just as well. He released a mixtape, HITstory earlier this summer.
The man responsible for the captivating instrumental used for "Mercy" was in the process of officially signing with Kanye this past April to become an in-house producer. He also contributed production to "The One" on Cruel Summer. Still no word on whether or not the signing is official.