Then Kanye paid it ahead, agreeing to fulfill 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 condo. “He would give me beats for my demo and I might write to them, after which I might sing hooks on his,” stated John. And when The School Dropout artist lastly scored a recording take care of Roc-A-Fella, he received 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 and so they simply wished to maintain him in home. However, ultimately, he satisfied everyone, ‘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 it’s best to signal him, too.'”
A mixed 32 Grammys later, protected to say that was a superb name.