What’s really G.O.O.D.? The Grammy-winning producer and former COO of Kanye’s artist collective selects the company’s defining songs.
Originally from Boston, producer and songwriter Che Pope got his start in the music industry back in 1994, working with veteran producer Teddy Riley. While living in New York, he was tapped to produce for Wyclef Jean and the Fugees, and eventually played an instrumental role in the creation of Lauryn Hill’s celebrated 1998 album,The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. He worked in A&R at Warner Bros., composed television and film scores while serving as a staff producer for Hans Zimmer and became a core member of the team at Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, contributing to albums from Eminem, 50 Cent, the Game, Busta Rhymes and others. After lending a hand to Jay Z’s 2006 Kingdom Come LP, Pope was eventually recruited to join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2012 as a partner and the head of A&R — he was then promoted to COO, and played a major role in West’s albums while also working with artists like Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and the Weeknd. In this episode of Headphone Highlights, Che Pope presents some of the tracks that have defined G.O.O.D. Music.