Vintage Video: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

After sharing that gem of a clip of a 19-year old Kanye flowing at the opening of the iconic Fat Beats vinyl outlet a couple of weeks ago, DJ Eclipse today leaks an extended version of the clip (via 2DBZ) that also features bars from Al Tariq, Butter Lee & Black Attack.

 

Some context:

I’m sure most of you have seen the Kanye clip from the grand opening of Fat Beats by now. Like I had mentioned before there were so many dope artists performing that day. Here’s the extended clip that the Kanye footage came from along with some back story. Al Tariq from the Beatnuts came through that day and brought some of his people with him. His people being Butter Lee from Rawcotiks, Black Attack and Kanye West. Both Rawcotiks and Black Attack were featured on Tariq’s “God Connections” album which came out on Correct Records in ’96. Another artist that was on Correct Records was Grav who was from Chicago and put out an album called “Down To Earth” (also in ’96). Not only was Tariq featured on that album as well, but it would also feature the first appearance of Kanye West on the mic on a song called “Line For Line” (which he also produced along with half the album). In addition to that connection, Kanye was a student of No I.D. & Dug Infinite who were producers that had been working with Common (Sense). Common was signed to Relativity Records as was the Beatnuts. So when Kanye started making trips to New York to “make it” in the music biz one of his first stops was at Relativity Records. There was a person who worked at Relativity named Peter Kang who was heavily involved with the Beatnuts and also took an early interest in Kanye West and started managing him. So whenever he would have the Beatnuts out and about he would bring around Kanye. And that’s how Kanye ended up at Fat Beats that day. Happy 20th anniversary Fat Beats!

I wonder what else Eclipse has in the stash?

Previously: Kanye Covers GQ’s August Issue

Vintage Video: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening Circa 1996

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Wow. DJ Eclipse just liberated this footage of a young19 year-old Kanye spitting at the grand opening of the old Fat Beats store on 6th Avenue in the West Village. Eclipse gave Complex some context:

“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.”

Fat Beats famously closed its NY and LA retail locations in 2010, but lives on as an online store and indie label. Previously: Kanye on a Failed Reality Show Pilot

Video: Kanye on a Failed Reality Show Pilot

Monday, July 14th, 2014

TMZ got their hands on a short clip of Kanye appearing on a reality show pilot back in 2010 for a show about “Travel Agent to the Stars” Brett Grolsch. In the clip we see Ye’s manager Don C going over some future travel plans with Grolsch and Kanye explaining how he tries to avoid unwanted fan attention by pretending to talk on his phone. For whatever reason, the show was not picked up by a network.

Previously: French Montana Teases New Kanye Collaboration

French Montana Teases New Kanye Collaboration

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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As we know, new BBILF (Best Brother-In-Laws Forever) French Montana and Kanye have been working on new music. According to French, the two have completed as many as 5 new collaborative songs together. Early this morning the Cokeboy gave us a quick IG video preview of a song called “Money Can Change That”.

Listen below.

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Video: Kanye West – Live At Wireless Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Here is dope footage of Kanye West’s set at Wireless Festival 2014 shot using GoPro. Watch as he runs through his old and new records.

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Kanye Played 20 Unheard Songs at a London Club

Monday, July 7th, 2014

After filling in for a sick Drake with a couple of show closing performances  at the Wireless Festival in London this past weekend, (one of which included a 20 minute rant that reportedly got him heavily booed by the audience), Kanye played an exclusive DJ set at an unidentified London club. According to attendees, as reported by Vulture, Ye treated listeners to an impromptu listening session of about 20 previously unheard tracks that are being described as “dark” and “hellish”.

Vulture reports:

Following his second set at London’s Wireless Festival last night, Kanye reportedly got behind the DJ booth and treated attendees of a private club event to about 20 never-before-heard tracks. While photos and videos were prohibited, a few details have leaked on social media, with one attendee describing the new songs as “dark,” “hellish,” and “ground-shaking.” Should Yeezy attempt to try to one-up Beyoncé by dropping 20 new music videos at the same time, we would not object.

Previously: French Montana Recorded 5 Songs with Kanye

French Montana Recorded 5 Songs with Kanye

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Speaking to MTV News, French reveals that he and Kanye have been working on each other’s albums and that they have recorded about 5 track together so far.

Previously: Puff Daddy ft. French Montana & Meek Mill – We Dem Boyz (Remix) (Trailer)

Video: Kanye West, Steve Stoute & Ben Horowitz at Cannes Lions (Full)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Read some highlights here, watch the full 53 minute panel above.

Previously: Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Video: Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Yeezus made a surprise appearance at Dave Chappelle’s comeback show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night. ‘Ye hit the stage for a surprise performance of “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks” and “Gold Digger” to close out the reclusive comedian’s stand-up set.

Previously: Video: Kanye at Bonnaroo (Recap)

Video: Kanye at Bonnaroo (Recap)

Monday, June 16th, 2014


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After a controversial late night set back in 2008, Kanye made a triumphant return to the Bonnaroo Festival this past Friday in Manchester, Tennessee. Here’s a recap of his appearance from Complex which covers the alleged boos he got when he called out “the media” for the 2008 fuckery.

In other news, Kanye has been selected to deliver a presentation at the Cannes Lions Music Festival this coming Thursday the 19th.

Previously: Kanye West’s New Testament (Mini-doc)