Someone's gone ahead and unearthed footage of Kanye rapping back in 1996, when he was just a fresh-faced 19 year old. Given the absence of Martin Margiela garms and Kim Kardashian, mawkish hip hop heads are treating the clip as a blessed nod to the old Kanye (who is ironically the young Kanye), when he was solely about the music. Fair enough, but Yeezus was a great album, and stunting on a jumbotron looks a lot funner than spitting a few bars in a basement.
The footage was filmed at New York's Fat Beats Records in the summer of 96. DJ Eclipse discovered it and here's what he had to say about it:
"The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it's small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before. 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. Now I've had this person as a guest on my radio show years later, but it's pretty crazy to see this footage in '96 and think "damn, this dude was in my house then?" and not even know."
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