(AllHipHop News) Kanye West’s work on Jay-Z's classic 2001 LP The Blueprint helped the relatively unknown producer rise to mainstream prominence. However, the early part of that decade was filled with beats crafted by the Louis Vuitton Don.
A year earlier, Ye got a production credit on Lil Kim’s "Don't Mess with Me" off The Notorious K.I.M. album. They collaborated together again on the La Bella Mafia track "Came Back for You.”
The Recording Academy recently interviewed Kim to promote her "Nasty One” single. During the conversation, the Queen Bee spoke about her relationship with Kanye back in the 2000s.
> "Came Back For You" is one of my first Hard Core records that got nominated for a GRAMMY, and Kanye [West] always says ... You know he did that [record], and Kanye was just a little kid with braces, and he was like, "Kim, I love you. I want to be a part of your label." I'm like, me? It was funny because he kind of wanted to roll with me. I was like, "that's a blessing," but I didn't know a thing about forming an artist or helping artists or stuff like that. I was like, "I love you any which way I can help you." He was like, "okay, I got some songs for you." He played "Came Back For You" and I was like, "this is the one." And that song got nominated for a GRAMMY, so when I see Kanye, Kanye goes, "Kim, you know that's the first song I've ever gotten nominated for a GRAMMY for. I was like, "see? I'm your good luck charm."… I love him. He's like my family.
Kanye West eventually became one of the flagship artists on Jay-Z and Dame Dash’s Roc-A-Fella Records. The Chicago-bred rhymer released his own debut album, The College Dropout, via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in 2004.
Lil Kim is expected to drop her currently untitled fifth studio album later this year. The Notorious B.I.G. protégé saw her first LP, Hard Core, jump into the Top 10 of the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Album chart last week, 22 years after the project first hit stores.