20 Rappers Who Almost Signed To Other Labels

Kanye West

Label They Almost Signed To: Capitol Records
Label They Ended Up Signing To: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Circa: 2002

Before throwing up the Roc and launching his own G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye West nearly inked a deal with Capitol Records. According to the song “Last Call” on his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, Capitol A&R execs thought his producing chops outweighed his rapping skills and squashed the deal at the last minute. “I played them ‘Jesus Walks’ and they didn’t sign me”, said Kanye. Imagine him as a labelmate with artists like Katy Perry and Elton John. Who would watch Jay-Z’s throne went he went to Paris for a weekend?

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