July 17, 2014


Watch A Young Kanye West Rap At Fat Beats in 1996

Yeezus is great and all, but there isn't anything quite like young Kanye West in action. Today a video from 1996 surfaced that showcases young Yeezy freestyling at the opening of the 6th Avenue location of  Fat Beats, the NYC indie hip-hop record store and destination for all things underground rap and hip-hop.

West drops only a few lines in the clip, talking about the future, his hometown and ... Alanis Morissette? (Hey, Jagged Little Pill the year before.) DJ Eclipse, Fat Beats' former general manager, was converting old tapes when he encountered the footage of young Kanye, and promptly sent his findings to Complex:

"Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC."

A stellar surprise, indeed! Check out the clip above.