Green Label has named “Hip Hop’s Proteges Turned Headliners,” a list showing some acts to arrive by way of labels such as T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. 

One star to find his path with the help of a friend back in his hometown of Chicago was Kanye West. “Personally making sure to mention (A-list producer in his own right) No I.D. as his mentor on Graduation’s closing track ‘Big Brother,’ it’s clear Kanye hasn’t forgotten his roots,” the story says. 

Others to arrive at glory in a similar fashion include Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea and Jay Z. Producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder is using his power to elevate the platform of rising star female Rapsody. 

To read the list in its entirety, visit green-label.com.