While there’s unlikely to be a person on Earth who you could accuse of sleeping on Kanye West’s music, it appears as though a vital relic of Ye’s discography has been revived 14 years after it was burnt onto a CD.
The disc was rediscovered in 2011 by art collector and former rapper Jensen Karp in his garage from when he was pitching talent to labels.
“Last week I was stumbling through my garage, searching through old storage bins when I came across some old beat CDs from my days as a signed rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in the year 2001, had the name ‘Kanye West’ on them. I remember Kanye being hyped to me as someone who had just worked with Beanie Sigel and was about to work with Ludacris, so I was obviously interested in this dude with a weird name. I popped in the CD and wasn’t exactly blown away to be honest. It was definitely good though, so I asked my manager for more beats from this Kanye character. I got a second beat CD and again couldn’t find anything to pick directly, but knew there was potential.”
The recordings have been swimming around online for a while but aren’t very well known. What’s incredible is how well these beats have aged. They could still pass as something made by a Dilla-inspired producer in the last 12 months. Check out Disc One in the gallery above and if you’re still fanging for more, you can stream Disc Two here.