Watch West perform at the opening of record store Fat Beats in 1996
Remember when Kanye West’s rants used to rhyme?
A new vintage video (above) of West rapping as a teenager about his dedication to hip hop has surfaced, and it shows just how talented he was at just 19 — and that he always thought he was the best in the game.
Sirius XM radio host DJ Eclipse posted the sample of West’s early music to his YouTube channel on Thursday, and explained he shot it at the August 1996 opening of New York City record store Fat Beats on 6th Avenue.
“Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day,” Eclipse explained. “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.”
Fans of the genre should keep their eyes glued to his channel, but he says there is “more to come.”