Kanye’s Earliest Beats
On “Spaceship” Kanye West challenged other people to “… lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers …” West did it, and now you can hear the fruits of those summers. Jensen Karp of The Hype Men found a collection of unreleased Kanye West beats from his pre-College Dropout days inside his garage — Karp used to go by Hot Karl and was a rapper signed to Interscope when he first received the CDRs. He writes:
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.
Kanye West is probably not proud to have these released, although, as you’ll hear below, many of these beats eventually ended up on mixtapes and albums from Freeway, Juelz Santana, John Legend, and Mos Def. Check out a stream of disc one on DJBooth.Net (It looks like disc 2 might have been removed entirely).
[Cover by Kuci06]