#TBT: Kanye West raps in 1996
Rhymes for low fare, flying out of O’Hare, while these no-name ass n****s wanna go there
– 19-year-old Kanye West
How about this for a #TBT?! Footage of 19-year old Kanye West puttin’ down an uninterrupted freestyle has surfaced. ‘Ye’s signature bravado is on full display and he’s got some real solid lines like the quotable above. The story is fascinating as well as this took place at the 1996 opening of Fat Beats’ 6th Avenue store, which closed in 2010.
Via DJ Eclipse, the former general manager of Fat Beats’ New York store:
“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 (day?) 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.”