Kanye West's First-Ever Beat Tape Surfaces

Taking it back to September of 1997.

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Tons of old Kanye beats have surfaced over the years, but this latest leak is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy yet: it’s being billed as ‘Yeezy’s first-ever beat tape.’ Given that the eight beats are supposedly from 1997, it seems unlikely that the tape is actually ‘Ye’s very first — he produced eight tracks on Chicago rapper Grav’s 1996 release Down to Earth and probably made tapes before that. Nonetheless, the sounds are definitely worth a spin as the tape represents some of West’s earliest work and predates the likes of his Go-Getters contributions (not to mention his work for Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella) by a few years.

Unmistakably Kanye’s, the old ’90s beats can be streamed above.

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