Kanye West’s First Beats
This is fucking cool. Before Kanye West was stealing VMAs, converting his teeth to diamonds, or gather 10.0s from Pitchfork, the humble producer was an aspiring Chicago-based beat-maker. He got his start producing tunes for Jay-Z, but that didn’t happen over night. Inevitably the man had to build up a resume, right? Well a writer over at Hype Menhappened to find that resume in his garage. Crazy, I know! Here’s what he wrote…
“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 Interscope rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in ‘01, had the name Kanye West on them. These two CDs, which I believe are the oldest Kanye beats ever released, now celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
“I think this collection of early Kanye beats shows you where he came from, even if it doesn’t necessarily sound like ‘Kanye’ now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today. I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early, so he could make the last train back to his mom’s house. He’s come a long way, and I’m proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start.”