Mike Dean (record producer)

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Mike Dean
Birth name Michael "Mike" G. Dean
Also known as
  • Freaky Dean
  • Vador
Born (1965-03-01) March 1, 1965 (age 51)
Houston, Texas, United States
Years active 1983–present
  • The Dean's List
  • GOOD
Website www.deanslist.net

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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[5] and produced Desiigner's single "Tiimmy Turner".[6]

Production discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  2. ^ Pablo, J. "Kanye Producer Mike Dean Talks Yeezus". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  3. ^ HipHopDX. "Producer's Corner: Mike Dean". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Beat Construction: Mike Dean". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  5. ^ Schwartz, Danny (28 June 2016). "5 Producers You May Not Know On Desiigner's "New English"". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Boykins, Austin (29 June 2016). "Desiigner Teases Upcoming "Timmy Turner" Track With Mike Dean". Hypebeast. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sherm - Sherm Smoke". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 

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