Contributed by SJ:
Scion Magazine reports that Kanye West can now charge serious dollars for his beats. Rather then just working with popular artists these days, West says he’ll work with new artists. He believes this way people are more likely to notice his standout products. New artist Talib Kweli’s semi-hit ‘Get By’ may not have become as large as it did, had it gone to who it was originally intended – Mariah Carey. “It’s better that Kweli got it,” West says. “When you work with someone who’s already established as a major aritst, like Mariah, it’s like putting Legos together.” West is currently working with Mariah on her new album, which is due out later this year.