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Watch: Kanye West rapping at Fat Beats in 1996

I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye

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If you related to ‘I Love Kanye’ on The Life of Pablo for lines like “I miss the old Kanye, straight from the ‘Go Kanye,” then you’re gonna be happy with this throwback clip. A teenage Ye comes thru with that Chicago flow as he freestyles at Fat Beats in August of 1996.

Shot before he was a signed artist, this raw snapshot of a simpler time for Yeezy will get you vibing with that ’90s teenager, who looks the part of a collage dropout. Just as you’d expect, even before his success he is clearly very, very confident in himself and ahead of his time. He claims “this shit ain’t original cause I stole it from the future,’ but maybe this 19-year-old Kanye just knew he was going to make some waves one day.

Watch the full extended clip here.

  • Words: Emma Arnold

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