Warner/Chappell Inks Kanye Collaborator Mike Dean To Publishing Deal
October 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM (PT)
GRAMMY AWARD-winning hip-hop producer MIKE DEAN has signed a globalpublishing agreement with WARNER/CHAPPELL (WCM) to administer his past and future songwriting.
Most recently, DEAN has been in the studio with LORDE, BRAD PAISLEY and BEYONCE. He contributed to the production of many of KANYE WEST’s albums, including "Yeezus," as well as "The College Dropout," "Late Registration," "Graduation" and "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," all of which won the GRAMMY AWARD for Best Rap Album. DEAN also worked with KANYE on his collaboration with JAY Z, "Watch The Throne," and GOOD MUSIC’s compilation album, "Cruel Summer." Dean has also produced tracks for BEYONCE, JAY Z, E-40 and KID CUDI, among many others. He is often credited with pioneering the DIRTY SOUTH sound in the '90s, and most notably co-wrote with 2PAC, SCARFACE, THA DOGG POUND, NATE DOGG, TECH N9NE and DEVIN THE DUDE, among others.
Dean said, “I am excited to work with WARNER/CHAPPELL and BIG JON on expanding my musical palate, and being able to continue to innovate and push music forward.”
WARNER/CHAPPELL N.A. Pres. JON PLATT added: “Few producers have the talent to sustain a career as long, diverse and prolific as MIKE’s. From 2PAC to KANYE and everyone in between, he has helped great artists define new sounds. He’s always innovating, not only within hip-hop, but across pop music in general. We’re thrilled to be on his team.”
Over the 12 months, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC has been named PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR at three of ASCAP's most prestigious ceremonies — the POP, COUNTRY, and RHYTHM & SOUL AWARDS — as well as at BMI’s R&B/HIP-HOP AWARDS. This marks the first time that WARNER/CHAPPELL has earned the distinction at both ASCAP and BMI’s urban music award ceremonies in the same year.