While it can be hard to imagine now, a lot of the musicians currently ripping down stages and burning up the Billboard charts, at one point, needed a helping hand getting into the recording industry. Everybody needs to start somewhere and luckily for these artists they were introduced and mentored by just the right person to set off their careers. From mixtapes to million-dollar deals, check out our gallery of Superstar Musicians and the Larger Than Life Protégés.
Jay-Z & Kanye West
As two equally strong rappers on their own, its hard to remember the time when Kayne was the little brother in awe of Jay-Z. Last summer their joint album,Watch The Throne, dominated the charts and the accompanying tour sold out arenas.