It’s almost Father’s Day. In music, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. As you work your way up in the business, you start to form your own family… and you keep them tight.
I’m counting down the 10 Greatest Mentors In Music. Because a great mentor is like a father. They’ll be engaged. They’ll be honest. And, they’ll be there every single day.
10. Dr. Dre
Dre. helped up countless rappers cutting their teeth, including Eminem.
Hovah gave his guidance to Alexis Jordan, J. Cole, Tru Life and Memphis Bleek. You know he gives his girl B a little guidance… even though “Girls Run The World.”
8. Sharon Osbourne
Don’t laugh. That woman will show you the business… and give you the business if you give her any lip.
Diddy built his own crew from the ground up. This own crew that includes Dirty Money and Mase.
Usher saw a little kid singing his heart out on YouTube and made him an international icon. That man has vision.
5. Wyclef Jean
He almost was the resident mentor of Haiti after the big quake, but he’s directly mentored the soulful sounds of Canibus.
Before his passing he helped so many rappers. Including the one and only Lil Kim. RIP my man.
3. Kanye West
Lil Wayne and Kanye argue over who’s mentoring Nicki Minaj. Can you blame them? Look at that girl. The truth is, Kanye has mentor almost everybody in town. When he’s not busy being crazy. He’s busy being brilliant and sharing his producing wisdom with eager up and comers.
2. Mr. Nick Cannon
Come on. You met my boy Cory Gunz and my crew at NCredible: Colette Car Wonder Boyz, The Rangers, Gabi Wilson. This year I’m coming at you with the hottest rising stars in Hollywood!
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1. Lil Wayne
He’s mentored everybody from Porcelain Black to Nicki Minaj. He’s so good, he can even do it on the school yard.
Who’s your favorite mentor? Give me a shout in the comments below. I want to know.