When Kanye West debuted with The College Dropout, he established himself as the kind of artist who has a complete creative control over every element of his music. Sure, he received some help on a couple of tracks, but the overwhelming majority of that album was produced by Yeezy himself. But when he ventured into recording his follow-up, Late Registration, he began dabbling with outside producers. Most notably, Just Blaze gets the full credit for Lupe Fiasco-assisted single "Touch the Sky," while Jon Brion co-produced more than half of the LP.
From that point on, Kanye has collaborated with a slew of producers on his solo projects. This includes Nottz and DJ Toomp's appearances on Graduation, No I.D.'s work on 808s & Heartbreak, and RZA and Bink! crafting some of the hardest-hitting material on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This open-door policy has allowed for some of Kanye's finest music and has no doubt allowed him to find inspiration and influence in new places when it comes to his own production.
That's more apparent than ever on recently released G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer, where nearly every single song has a team of producers behind the boards. That got us thinking more about the beats other producers have given 'Ye. Read on for our picks for the 12 best.
Written by Ernest Baker (@newbornrodeo) and Andrew Martin (@Andrew_J_Martin)
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