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The house that Hov built? Meet his architect: On the couch with the man behind the sound of Jay-Z, Dipset and many more.
Artists need their people. Gimel _(artist-name)Young Guru_ Keaton is _(artist-name)Jay-Z_’s people. When the rap-conquering emcee and world-conquering mogul steps into the booth (as he continues to do, despite all hollow retirement threats given after his _(album-title)Black Album_ milestone), Young Guru is outside, at the board, making sure Hova sounds good. Ever since Jigga caught up with Guru at the lab recording Roc-A-Fella’s _(artist-name)Memphis Bleek_ this has been how it's done. Along the way, Guru has recorded pretty much every other a-list rapper, always showcasing his enormous talents for adding a bit of crisp to chart-topping hit-singles and some polish to gritty underground tracks. Some say he has the Midas touch, and they might actually have a point.