Behind the high-profile sound design credits, Sean Cooper is a musician and teacher at heart. Family and music have always been at the center of Sean’s life. He grew up around music at his community church in Chicago, Illinois, and played drums with his brother and cousins. After graduating from The Los Angeles Recording School, a division of the L.A. Film School, Sean’s sound design career took off. He has since produced music for a long list of artists. Some of his most recognizable work as a sound designer began in 2004 with Snoop Dogg’s Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Platinum album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The album’s lead single Drop It Like It’s Hot saw success with three weeks as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in addition to topping charts for Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs and Rhythmic Songs.
“Money doesn’t drive me. Fame doesn’t drive me. Success isn’t what you can obtain materialistically, but what you have done with your life and with the people around you. I’m growing a lot, and it shows in my music.”
Sean’s big break came from Kayne West’s 2007 studio album Graduation, which made RIAA Double-Platinum and topped the charts at the time of its release. The Double-Platinum album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and the album earned Grammy® nominations for Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and six other Grammy® awards. Cooper is credited for working on the album’s final single, Homecoming, a tribute to Kanye West’s hometown in Chicago.