Che Pope

Che Pope (born May 3, 1970) is a Grammy award-winning American hip-hop producer from Boston, MA. Pope is also the former president of G.O.O.D. Music.[1] He is perhaps best known for producing Grammy-nominated "Bound 2" by Kanye West,[2] as well as executive producing the album Cruel Summer[3] and co-executive producing Yeezus.[4][5]

Che Pope
Born (1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 50)
OriginBoston, MA, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, Record Producer
Years active1994–present
LabelsGOOD
Associated actsLauryn Hill, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Pusha T, Eminem, ASAP Rocky, RZA

CareerEdit

Pope entered the music industry in 1994 signed to Teddy Riley, after Riley was introduced to Pope's instrumentals via a mutual friend. In 1995, Pope relocated to New York where he began producing for Wyclef Jean and The Fugees, accruing credits on the tracks Destiny Child's “No, No, No Part 2”, “Ghetto Supastar”, “Gone Til November”, among others.[6] While working with Jean, Pope was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who invited him to produce and write with her on several projects including Aretha Franklin's "A Rose Is Still A Rose", Carlos Santana's "Do You Like The Way", The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and more. Pope's production on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill earned him his first Grammy win.[7] Due to improper crediting and compensation, several lawsuits stemmed from the project.[8] Pope and his then co-producer opted not involve themselves in the ongoing litigation surrounding the album, but parted ways with the production team to pursue independent efforts.[9]

After his time with spent working with Hill, Pope continued to produce projects in both domestic and foreign markets. In 1999, he was hired as the Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros Records.[7] Pope later moved to Los Angeles to explore film composition. Pope was hired by composer Hans Zimmer as a staff producer, contributing production to over 150 films, television shows, and commercials. Pope parted ways with Zimmer's studio in 2000.[9] Pope was introduced to Dr. Dre through a mutual friend and subsequently offered a position on the latter's immediate production team, with whom he collaborated for over 8 years. Pope worked on Aftermath projects including projects by Eminem and 50 Cent among others. In an interview for the podcast "A Waste of Time", Pope estimated that he had produced over 1,000 unreleased tracks for Dr. Dre and the Aftermath during his tenure with the label.[10]

In 2012, Pope joined G.O.O.D. Music as a partner, as well as head of A&R. In addition to his administrative work for the label, Pope continued to produce for the label's signed artists. In 2014 he was named Chief Operations Officer of G.O.O.D.[11] Pope is also credited with establishing the initial collaborative relationship between West and apparel company Adidas, the distributor of the Yeezy clothing line.[9] Recent production from Pope includes the tracks "Jukebox Joints" on ASAP Rocky's album At. Long. Last. ASAP[12] and "Tell Your Friends" on The Weeknd's 2015 release Beauty Behind the Madness with West, Illangelo and Mike Dean.

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Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / Work Award Result
1999 Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Best R&B Album[13] Won
2014 Kanye West - "Bound 2" Best Rap Song[14] Nominated
2015 Kanye West - "All Day" Best Rap Song[14] Nominated
2015 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness Album of the Year[14] Nominated
2015 The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness Best Urban Contemporary Album Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Caribbean Music Summit Announces Keynote Speakers".
  2. ^ "Grammy winners in full". 2015-02-09.
  3. ^ "Che Pope SPIN".
  4. ^ "Here's a Breakdown of Everyone on the Credits of Kanye West's "All Day"".
  5. ^ "Che Pope SPIN". Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  6. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy Daily".
  7. ^ a b "Blazetrak | Direct video responses from music industry professionals". www.blazetrak.com. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  8. ^ Group, Vibe Media (February 1999). Vibe. p. 42. the miseducation of lauryn hill che guevara.
  9. ^ a b c Coleman, Lauren deLisa. "Here's How You Shake Up The Digital Content Game: Partner With Kanye West's Powerful, Secret Weapon". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  10. ^ Zisook, Brian "Z". "Producer Che Pope Reveals "Probably 1,000" of His Beats Are in Dr. Dre's "Safe"". DJBooth. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  11. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". www.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  12. ^ "A$AP Rocky Says He Wanted to Re-Do His Verse on "M'$" After Hearing Lil Wayne's".
  13. ^ "For The Record: 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'". GRAMMY.com. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  14. ^ a b c "Ché Pope". GRAMMY.com. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-09-21.

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