Kanye West 1997 Beat Tape / by Maxwell Young

Today we are blessed with unreleased music from Kanye West.  No, this isn't the new album he teased was coming this summer, but rather a nineteen-year old tape of the beat variety--one of Kanye's first ever.  Posted by Trilly Madison on SoundCloud, the eight tracks are said to be made circa September 1997.  This is Kanye before the contemporary influencers, like Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella, Common, etc. helped catapult West into bonafide rockstar territory.  This sounds like a Kayne West rooted in the 90's Chicago rap scene perfecting and experimenting with the classic boom-bap sound.  Stream the early 'Ye sounds below and catch a few bars.