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