Kanye West is known for so many things it's easy to forget that he began his career as a producer and songwriter for other artists. He began producing as early as 1996, but it wasn’t until he came under the wing of Jay-Z at Roc-A-Fella Records that Kanye’s career really took off. Jay-Z's masterpiece, The Blueprint (2001) is packed with classic Kanye West-productions. Though Yeezy’s skills as a rapper cannot be questioned, many have attributed the greater genius of his own albums to his cunning vision as a mixer, samplers, and manager of featured talents. The list of Kanye-produced tracks includes a number of important names in hip-hop and soul - with talents such as The Game, Alicia Keys, Drake, T.I., Rick Ross and John Legend.