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Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’: An Oral History (via billboard)

In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West’s debut album

The players:

  • Damon Dash – Executive Producer | Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella Records 
  • Gee Roberson – Co-Executive Producer |Manager, Co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978 | Co-CEO of Blueprint Group
  • Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua - Co-Executive Producer | Manager, Co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978 
  • Shalik Berry –  VP of A&R, Epic Records | Former A&R Coordinator, Island Def Jam
  • Plain Pat - Producer | Songwriter | Fromer A&R Adminstration, Island Def Jam
  • John Monopoly – Manager | Co-Founder of Hustle Period
  • Ferris Bueller – Marketing
  • Joe “3H” Weinberger –Management 
  • Miri Ben-Ari – Violinist
  • Talib Kweli – Rapper
  • GLC – Rapper
  • Consequence – Rapper
  • Syleena Johnson – Singer | Songwriter 
  • John Legend – Singer | Songwriter
  • Common – Rapper
  • Freeway – Rapper
  • J. Ivy – Poet
  • Really Doe – Rapper
  • Coodie & Chike – Directors | Founders of Creative Control
  • Devo Springsteen – Cousin to Kanye West | Former roomate to John Legend | Producer | Songwriter
  • JB Marshall – Manager | A&R Executive
  • Tony Williams – Cousin to Kanye West | Singer | Songwriter
  • Olskool Ice-Gre – Former G.O.O.D. Music A&R | Rapper
  • No I.D. – Producer
  • 88-Keys – Founder of Locksmith Music | Producer | Rapper

Words by: Erika Ramirez (@3rika)

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