This Is What Kanye West Beats Sounded Like in 1997

This Is What Kanye West Beats Sounded Like in 1997

Even young Kanye was amazing.

Published May 24th

Miss the old Kanye? Well we’re taking it so far back, you may not recognize this ‘Ye either.

A Soundcloud user named Trilly Madison recently uploaded an eight-track beat tape West purportedly made in 1997. Within the instrumentals are voice samples of Suga Free and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, showcasing some of the figures Kanye held dear early on. The first track also features an extremely old ‘Ye producer tag. 

The whole tape is very ‘90s-era inspired and is gold for those who both enjoy Yeezy’s music and sounds from hip-hop’s yesteryear.

Check out Kanye West’s 1997 beat tape below.

Written by Paul Meara

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