Then Kanye paid it ahead, accepting meet a University of Pennsylvania graduate that was browsing the New York songs market. “My roommate was like, ‘You gotta meet my cousin, Kanye. He’s working on Jay-Z’s album,” John remembered throughout a 2018 the Tribeca Film Festival occasion of that preliminary experience. “He’s working with all these guys from Roc-A-Fella.”
Soon both rising stars were satisfying at Kanye’s Newark apartment or condo. “He would give me beats for my demo and I would write to them, and then I would sing hooks on his,” claimed John. And when The College Dropout musician lastly racked up a recording take care of Roc-A-Fella, he obtained his brand-new friend the thumbs-up, also. Shared Legend, “I think they gave him the deal more so he could just make beats for them and they just wanted to keep him in house. But, eventually, he convinced everybody, ‘I’m an artist. I’m not just a producer. I’m an artist. Oh, and, by the way, I signed this really cool kid, John Legend from Ohio, and you should sign him, too.'”
A mixed 32 Grammys later on, risk-free to claim that was a great phone call.