Newly Unearthed Video Shows Kanye Rapping Back in 1996

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Here’s a video, unearthed today, of a fresh-faced, 19-year-old Kanye West performing at a store-opening party for record store and underground hip-hop hub Fat Beats. Back in 1996, Kanye was just a fledgling Chicago emcee, but there’s clearly a lot of confidence and raw talent on display here (highlight: “Rhymes for low fare/Flying out of O’Hare/While these no-name ass n-ggas wanna go there”) and the crowd seems pretty entranced by his performance. Do you think they knew, somewhere deep down, that Yeezy season was approaching?

New Video Shows Kanye Rapping Back in 1996