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Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

The producer and engineer helped create the Dirty South sound in the early '90s, and now, he says, "Me and Kanye are like a band."

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J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

The rapper and producer says he's not afraid to make songs about being shy or unsure of himself.

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