Mike Dean (record producer)
|Birth name||Michael "Mike" G. Dean|
|Also known as||
March 1, 1965 |
Houston, Texas, United States
Michael "Mike" G. Dean (born March 1, 1965), is an American hip hop record producer, audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Texas. Dean is best known for recording and mixing songs for major artists across the American hip hop industry such as Frank Ocean, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Kanye West and Desiigner.
Following early career collaborations with numerous Texan artists, including Selena (for whom Dean served as musical director and producer), Dean first became widely known for pioneering the Dirty South sound in the 1990s, particularly in work for artists from Rap-A-Lot Records. Dean has most notably worked alongside Scarface of the Geto Boys, Do or Die, Tha Dogg Pound, Yukmouth of the Luniz, C-Bo, Nate Dogg, Tech N9ne, UGK, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude, Outlawz and 2Pac.
Dean went on to mix, produce and master widely throughout American hip hop. He has become known for his work with Kanye West. After initially contributing to the mixing of West's albums The College Dropout and Late Registration, Dean contributed as producer on West's Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life of Pablo albums. He also co-produced with West on his collaboration album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. Dean was an additional producer on "Mercy" and "Higher" on GOOD Music's 2012 compilation album Cruel Summer. Dean has made particularly heavy contributions on West's last albums, and is credited on most tracks.
In recent years, Mike Dean has served as a regular guitarist and keyboardist for Kanye West at his live performances, headlining numerous music festivals, the Watch the Throne Tour, and the Yeezus Tour. Vader has also been a frequent collaborator with Travis Scott. Dean's production has appeared on every one of Scott's musical bodies of work from 2013 to the present. In 2016, Dean mastered Frank Ocean's visual album Endless, and wrote and produced tracks on Desiigner's mixtape New English and produced Desiigner's single "Tiimmy Turner".
- 3-2 - Wicked Buddah Baby
- 3X Krazy - Stackin' Chips
- 5th Ward Boyz - Ghetto Dope
- 5th Ward Boyz - Gangsta Funk
- 5th Ward Boyz - Rated G
- A-G-2-A-Ke - Mil-Ticket
- Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
- Apawk - Awaken
- Beyoncé - BEYONCÉ
- Beyoncé - Lemonade
- Big Mello - Wegonefunkwichamind
- Big Mike - Somethin' Serious
- Big Mike - Still Serious
- Big Syke - Big Syke
- Blac Monks - Secrets of the Hidden Temple
- Bushwick Bill - Little Big Man
- C-Bo - Enemy of the State
- Daz Dillinger - This Is The Life I Lead
- Desiigner - The Life of Desiigner
- Devin the Dude - The Dude
- Devin the Dude - Just Tryin' ta Live
- Do or Die - Picture This
- Do or Die - Headz Or Tailz
- Tha Dogg Pound - Dillinger & Young Gotti
- E-40 - Grit & Grind
- Facemob - The Other Side Of The Law
- Ganksta N-I-P - Psychic Thoughts
- Ganksta N-I-P - Psychotic Genius
- Ganksta N-I-P - Interview with a Killa
- Geto Boys - The Resurrection
- Geto Boys - The Foundation
- G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
- G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Winter
- Hussein Fatal - Fatal
- Jamal - Last Chance, No Breaks
- Jay-Z - Magna Carta... Holy Grail
- Juvenile - Reality Check
- Kanye West - Graduation
- Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak
- Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
- Kanye West - Yeezus
- Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
- Kastro & E.D.I. - Blood Brothers
- Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
- King Tee - Thy Kingdom Come
- Madonna - Rebel Heart
- Menace Clan - Da Hood
- Mike Jones - The Voice
- Outlawz - Ride Wit Us Or Collide Wit Us
- Oz (soundtrack)
- Odd Squad - Fadanuf Fa Erybody!!
- Pimp C - Sweet James Jones Stories
- Pimp C - Pimpalation
- Scarface - Last of a Dying Breed
- Scarface - The Diary
- Scarface -The Untouchable
- Scarface - Made
- Scarface - The Fix
- Seagram - Souls on Ice
- Sherm - Sherm Smoke 
- Shyne - Godfather Buried Alive
- The Weeknd - Where You Belong
- Travis Scott - Rodeo
- Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
- Ty Dolla Sign - Campaign
- UGK - Too Hard to Swallow
- UGK - UGK 4 Life
- Willie D - I'm Goin' Out Lika Soldier
- Yukmouth - Thugged Out: The Albulation
- Yukmouth - Thug Lord: The New Testament
- Yukmouth - Godzilla
- Young Noble - Noble Justice
- Yung Lean - Warlord
- Z-Ro - The Life of Joseph W. McVey
- Z-Ro - Let the Truth Be Told
- Z-Ro - I'm Still Livin'
- Z-Ro - Heroin
- Sky Ferreira - Masochism
Awards and nominations
|2006||Late Registration (as engineer/mixer)||Best Rap Album||Won|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Graduation (as engineer)||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||Won|
|"Good Life" (as songwriter)||Best Rap Song||Won|
|2012||My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (as engineer/mixer)||Best Rap Album||Won|
|2013||"Ni**as In Paris" (as songwriter)||Best Rap Song||Won|
|2014||"New Slaves" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|2015||"Bound 2" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|2016||"All Day" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|Beauty Behind the Madness (as producer)||Album of the Year||Nominated|
- "Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
- Pablo, J. "Kanye Producer Mike Dean Talks Yeezus". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
- HipHopDX. "Producer's Corner: Mike Dean". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
- "Beat Construction: Mike Dean". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
- Schwartz, Danny (28 June 2016). "5 Producers You May Not Know On Desiigner's "New English"". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
- Boykins, Austin (29 June 2016). "Desiigner Teases Upcoming "Timmy Turner" Track With Mike Dean". Hypebeast. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
- "Sherm - Sherm Smoke". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-05-17.