Then Kanye paid it ahead, agreeing to satisfy with a College of Pennsylvania grad who was navigating the New York music business. “My roommate was like, ‘You gotta meet my cousin, Kanye. He is engaged on Jay-Z’s album,” John recalled throughout a 2018 the Tribeca Movie Competition occasion of that preliminary encounter. “He is working with all these guys from Roc-A-Fella.” 

Quickly the 2 up-and-comers had been assembly at Kanye’s Newark condominium. “He would give me beats for my demo and I’d write to them, after which I’d sing hooks on his,” stated John. And when The Faculty Dropout artist lastly scored a recording take care of Roc-A-Fella, he obtained his new pal the inexperienced mild, too. Shared Legend, “I feel they gave him the deal extra so he may simply make beats for them they usually simply needed to maintain him in home. However, finally, he satisfied all people, ‘I am an artist. I am not only a producer. I am an artist. Oh, and, by the best way, I signed this actually cool child, John Legend from Ohio, and you need to signal him, too.'”

A mixed 32 Grammys later, protected to say that was a great name.