Today, March 1, is the 52nd birthday famed record producer Mike Dean.
Mike Dean boasts nearly 25 years in the music business and is hailed as one the rap game’s best producers. Being from Houston, Texas Mike Dean got his start in music in the early ’80s working with regional acts like Spanish singer Selena. His name began to hold weight in the rap game when Dean linked up with Scarface and The Geto Boys to provide them with their Dirty South sound. Throughout the ’90s, Dean worked with UGK, Willie D, Big Mike, Bushwick Bill, The Outlawz and more.
Dean won his first Grammy Award in 2006 when Kanye West’s Late Registration won the award for Best Rap Album. Dean had served as engineer/mixer on the album. Mike Dean has worked on nearly every Kanye West album since Late Registration, providing beats on songs like “Stronger,” “Good Life,” “Devil in a New Dress,” “Power,” “Ultralight Beam” and more. Through working with Kanye, Dean has connected with Jay Z and Beyonce and become a musical mentor to Kid Cudi and Travis Scott on their projects as well.
Even in 2016, Mike Dean has his finger on the pulse rap and kept the bangers coming. He produced the 2 Chainz, Quavo and Gucci Mane banger “Good Drank,” assisted Desiigner with the beat on “Timmy Turner” and worked on Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Check out why Mike Dean is still considered one the 30 best producers in the rap game here.
Happy Birthday, Mike Dean!
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