Kanye Freestyle At Fat Beats Grand Opening

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Young Yeezus.

DJ Eclipse exhumed this clip of a 19 year old Kanye West freestyling at the grand opening of Fat Beats in NYC. Four years ago, the record store closed its New York and Los AngelesĀ  locations. Where is this Yeezy?

“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


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  • That’s dope, hear a lot of Nas inspiration in his earlier days! I love seeing artists evolve and Kanye has definitely earned his stripes!

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  • el jim chapo guzman

    kanye better nowadays.