Throwback

Was Kanye West always a dope rapper? Even during his teenage years? We didn’t really hear him until he started piecing together his debut album but could he have been sitting on raps forever? Rolling Stone has the clip:


The Chicago-bred rapper got one such opportunity at the opening of Fat Beats, a since-closed New York City record store that served as the epicenter of indie hip-hop around the turn of the century. On one fateful August day in 1996, the store’s general manager, DJ Eclipse, captured video of West taking the mic in the store at age 19 that he recently shared with Complex.

For 90 seconds, the rapper talks about his technique, Alanis Morissette, living in Chicago and how he’s from the future cribbing his grandchildren’s style, among other topics. (Rolling Stone)

Throwback Ye? Do you like this Kanye better than the modern West? Is this just proof Kanye has always had lyrical talent?