The Greatest Interns in Hip-Hop History -Paying Dues Pays Off

Most of us met Kanye in the early 2000’s as an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella, and later as the outspoken backpack-toting MC in the pink polo. But Mr. West’s journey started way back in 1996 when Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie of the Bad Boy production team The Hitmen took the young beatmaker under his wing. Though ’Ye was never an actual “ghostproducer” as he said on “Last Call,” his years spent working with D-Dot proved to be instrumental to the young producer’s growth. Sending beats to his mentor, who helped turn them into full songs, got Kanye some of his first production credits in the industry, as well as valuable experience. Almost a decade-and-a-half later, he’s graduated to superstar status and has the entire industry eagerly anticipating his yet-to-be-named fifth studio album.

Kanye playing a beat for D-Dot Pre-Roc-A-Fella Days

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  • Confused

    Wait, no Jermaine Dupri? He’s a bama but wasn’t he an intern or a dancer or something at one point, for Whodini if I remember right.

  • dame-o

    this kanye beat is “i need to know”. theres a version where he raps on it. thats a fly song and the album it came from is fly too

  • mediumwillie

    an intern wrote this?! decent…

  • lamantreflechi

    Dope piece. Well written and witty as hell. Props to the author, he’ll probably make this list in a few years.

  • Zulu1925

    @ Confused

    Jermaine Dupri had an “in” with the music industry – his dad, Michael Mauldin, was a music executive with Columbia Records.

  • BGZ

    Puffy; can’t front on his hustle…

    …even though I’m sure Andre Harrell left more than just a legacy (in his) behind.