BY DAN GARCIA
Here at The Early Registration we like to pride ourselves on our music knowledge. To stay polished on our musical expertise, our new feature is a little game of musical “6 Degrees”. For those who are unfamiliar, six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone in the world is connected by six or fewer steps, so we are now taking the liberty of connecting musicians whom you would never think could be connected, in exactly six steps. This week our 6˚ piece is dedicated to Kanye West’s new banger ‘All Day‘ and the vast team of nearly 20 artists and writers behind the track, which include Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Vic Mensa and more. To keep things interesting we challenged ourself to connect one of its more random co-writers, rapper French Montana, to Allan Kingdom, the young Minnesota rapper featured on the track. The twist is can we do this using only other writers/artists credited on ‘All Day’? Find out below!
French Montana → Allan Kingdom (All Day Edition)
FRENCH MONTANA → ALLEN RITTER
For his debut album, Excuse My French, Coke Boys rapper French Montana recruited Grammy nominated producer Allen Ritter for his ‘We Go Wherever We Want’ track with Ne-Yo, Diddy & Raekwon. Stream the track above!
ALLEN RITTER → KANYE WEST
Since working with French in 2013, Allen Ritter has kept busy, most recently working on Big Sean’s latest Dark Sky Paradise album. Writing and co-producing alongside Vinylz, Ritter gave his efforts on ‘Blessings’, one of the Dark Sky Paradise songs that featured Big Sean’s mentor Kanye West.
KANYE WEST → MIKE DEAN
Where do we start with Kanye West and producer/mixer Mike Dean? Needless to say, the two certainly have more than a couple of songs together to choose from, as Ye and Mike have been working on Kanye’s albums ever since The College Dropout. One of their best songs together though is ‘Stronger’ the lead single from Kanye’s Graduation album, mixed and co-produced by the legendary Mike Dean.
MIKE DEAN → CYHI DA PRYNCE
Having such a great relationship with Kanye, it is no surprise that Mike Dean has worked with a number of past and present G.O.O.D Music artists (including Big Sean, John Legend, Kid Cudi and more). One such artist is Cyhi Da Prynce, who got his big break on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track ‘So Appalled’. ‘So Appalled’ which was co-written and co-produced by Mike Dean, actually inspired Beyonce to talk Kanye into signing Cyhi to his G.O.O.D Music label.
CYHI DA PRYNCE → PLAIN PAT
With a huge co-sign from Kanye West, Cyhi Da Prynce got his next big opportunity to shine under the G.O.O.D Music spotlight with the label’s Cruel Summer album. Everyone with any sort of connection to G.O.O.D Music worked on this project, including Kanye, Cyhi,Big Sean, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Che Pope (who also co-wrote ‘All Day’) and Plain Pat (who is credited for A&R work on the album). Plain Pat has yet to produce with Cyhi, but the two helped to create a great group effort in Cruel Summer. Stream Cruel Summer’s ‘Sin City’ record featuring Cyhi, Travis Scott, John Legend, Teyana Taylor and Malik Yusef (another ‘All Day’ co-writer) above.
PLAIN PAT → ALLAN KINGDOM
Plain Pat has latched his management and production skills to talented artists in the past (most famously Kid Cudi). Now his latest artist is Minnesota rapper Allan Kingdom. After Kingdom caught the attention of Plain Pat at age 17, Pat has been helping mold the young artist into a future star. It probably doesn’t hurt to be managed by someone who has connections to Kanye West (see ‘All Day’ for proof). Check out Allan Kingdom’s video for his track ‘Blast’, which was produced by both Pat and Kingdom.
And there we have it, ‘All Day’ co-writer and ‘All Day’ featured artist Allan Kingdom can be connected in six steps, using only artists credited on the same track! Be sure to Tweet us suggestions of who we should connect next time (@TheEarlyReg).