Mike Dean (record producer)

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Mike Dean
Also known as Freaky Dean
Born Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, Pop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, mixer, mastering
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, cello, bassoon, programming
Years active 1983–present
Labels The Dean's List
Website www.deanslist.net

Mike Dean is an American hip hop Record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Texas. He is known for pioneering the Dirty South sound in the 1990s, particularly in work for artists from Rap-A-Lot Records.[1] 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 among others. He has also mixed, produced and mastered many hits on multi-platinum albums.

In recent years he has also become known for his work alongside Kanye West. He contributed to the mixing of West's albums The College Dropout and Late Registration, and the production of his Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Yeezus albums. He also co-produced with West on the West and Jay-Z collaboration album 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, being credited on most tracks.

In recent years, Mike Dean has served as a regular guitarist and keyboardist for Kanye West at his live performances, notably headlining numerous music festivals, the Watch the Throne Tour, and the Yeezus Tour.

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  1. ^ Ketchum III, William. "Producer's Corner: Mike Dean". Retrieved July 3, 2013. 

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