Anyone who's read Kanye's album credits over the past few years has seen the name Mike Dean all over the place. Dean has been named as a co-producer on songs like "Niggas In Paris," "Stronger," and "On Sight." Dean has been in the game for years. He spent the '90s producing albums for many Rap-A-Lot Records artists, including Scarface and The Geto Boys.
In fact, Scarface is part of the reason why Kanye and Mike Dean started working together. After Kanye had produced two songs for Scarface's 2001 album, The Fix, according to Plain Pat, Kanye told him, "Whoever mixed those songs, I want them to mix my albums. Find them." Eventually, Pat linked with Mike Dean and got him to mix "Two Words." Thus began Kanye and Mike Dean's working relationship.