8 Superstar Musicians and Their Larger Than Life Protégés (Have These Mentees’ Stolen Their Mentors’ Shine?)

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.



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  • CriticXtreme

    I would like to know when rappers and people who can’t sing are now considered Musicians? You make the truly gifted at The Jullilard School of Music, BIT, Musicians Institute, The Conservatory and other high level music training facilities want to put a bullet in the brain for this unearned “musician” distinction. These people who you identify are just extremely lucky…..

    • http://twitter.com/fay_jay Faith J.

      As someone with a master’s degree in music, I have to disagree. There are plenty of musicians who haven’t studied  a lick, but are great musicians.  Their are people who have studied, but who aren’t good musicians. Maybe a rapper is more of a poet than a musician, but I would definitely say that Kanye is a musician. The medium that he uses to make music may be different, but I’ve heard from people who’ve worked with him as to how disciplined he is. Musician= one who makes music.

    • icanbutiwont

      GOOD music isn’t limited to vocal prowess nor educational background; but involves hard work and discipline in creating the art.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.meade.7 Jason Meade

    Shouldn’t akon be on this list for finding lady gaga?