It’s been 14 years since Kanye West released his first solo album, The College Dropout – and changed the rap game forever. But before he could win Grammys, launch G.O.O.D Music, interrupt Taylor Swift, walk off stage from his Saint Pablo Tour, and become a Kardashian; West started his journey on the streets of Chicago in a rap group called the Go Getters.
Alongside King Kanye members included GLC, Timmy G and Arrowstar. All of whom are still working in the industry, and have helped pushed Kanye to the top, as John ‘Monopoly’ Johnson (who helped start the Go Getters) once said, “we weren’t managing ‘Ye at the time, but trying to help him making it in the game.” From the moment of creating TGG, Kanye kept his supporters close and enemies on blast, just the way it’s supposed to be.
The Go Getters only released an album entitled World Record Holders, a thirteen-track book of poetry that introduces Kanye as “the best producer out of Chicago” and makes sure that artists know he wants them to go “from laughing to platinum” (don’t we all Kanye). The album was a stepping stool for the Chicago rapper and producer to build an empire in the pop music industry with hip hop backing him up, and allowing the group to experiment instrumentally and lyrically for their future work.
If you take World Record Holders into the future, you can hear present-day artists who sound eerily similar to a few of these tracks. For instance, “Fight The Beast” sounds like Mos Def’s “Revelations”, an artist whose been on G.O.O.D Music since 2010. Whether that is direct success from a producer’s influence in their career, or Kanye being able to remember his roots through all of his experiences, it seems that he understood the potential growth he could have at an early age.
From The Go Getters and The College Dropout, Kanye West proved that as long as you have a good support system, how you get to the top doesn’t matter and anything can be achieved.
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