Jay Z chaining J. Cole on his birthday was an epic hip-hop moment that got VIBE thinking about all of the mentor, mentee relationships that have sprouted great music. Was Jay really “passing the torch”? Only time will tell, but until then, check out this dope playlist of rappers working with their mentors.
Hov schools his first mentee Memphis Bleek on this street classic, “Coming Of Age.”
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Game’s drunken ode to the D.R.E.
Say what you want about this relationship, Baby has been there for Wayne since he was just a tyke. Now he’s stuntin’ like his Daddy.
“Long live the idols, may they never be your rivals.” Cole and Nas trade verses filled with respect for one another.
Drake really did have hit records on his demo. Here’s one where he teamed up with two of his mentors, Lil Wayne and Bun B.
Another one of Dr. Dre’s protege’s, Eminem calls on him during tough times.
R.Kelly is a musical genius that has worked with plenty of artists. But Kellz probably learned a thing or two from the Isley Bros’ front-man Mr. Biggs.
Killa Cam has Mason Betha to thank for his big break. Too bad that relationship went sour.
Snoop Dogg has a lot of nephews. But his relationship with fellow stoner Wiz Khalifa resulted in a movie and a coinciding album.