Date: October 9

And by "everyone," we mean, "everyone who read it," which really, you should. Not only do you learn exactly who the hitmaker is behind some of the biggest pop smashes of the last five years—from Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus to Kelly Clarkson to Juicy J—and how he works, but you also learn: (1) That he lost a bet to Miley Cyrus over whether or not "Wrecking Ball" would be a no. 1 hit, and that he now owes her a $10,000 toilet, (2) His friends from summer camp founded Rawkus Records, and that he used to make backpack-rap beats for them before becoming one of the most successful record producers of our time, (3) That most Rawkus rappers weren't crazy about his beats, but (4) Alchemist knew he'd be important, and (5) He got his name from, of all people, Mos Def.

That's just a few of the tidbits that you can learn from the piece, which, for anyone who works in, wants to work in, or simply loves music, is one of the best things you'll read all year. — Foster Kamer

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