[WATCH] 19-year-old Kanye West freestyle rapping
Footage of Kanye West as a 19-year-old freestyle rapping has surfaced, blowing all other Flashback Fridays out of the water!
The year is 1996 and Yeezus is tearing it up at the new location of New York City record store ‘Fat Beats.’
Originally posted by Complex Music, courtesy of DJ Eclipse, a fresh-faced and thinner-looking Kanye can be seen rapping the lyrics, “Tryna flex the technique, you get blasted with a TEC/ That sh– is mad ironic like Alanis Morissette.”
The ‘Fat Beats’ store manager at the time explained how he came across the clip, adding that Kanye was one of a huge selection of massive names in the hip hop game that popped up that day.
“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 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. At least in NYC.”
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