kanye’s earliest beats discovered on 2001 mixtape

Hot Karl discovered the tapes whilst sifting through junk at his house.

by i-D Staff
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28 April 2015, 4:54pm

Just incase he hadn't quite broken the internet enough this year, two of Kanye's old mixtapes have been found by Jensen Karp of The Hype Men. The artist came across the demos when sorting through storage bins that he obtained while signed to Interscope as Hot Karl. "I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in 2001, had the name Kanye West on them. These two CDs, which I believe are the oldest Kanye beats ever released, now celebrate their 10 year anniversary," said Karp. "I think this collection of early Kanye beats shows you where he came from, even if it doesn't necessarily sound like 'Kanye' now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today. I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early so he could make the last train back to his mom's house. He's come a long way, and I'm proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start."

Currently pictured on the covers of both Paper and Time magazines - as the "American Dream" of the former and "Most Influential" of the latter - we wonder what 24-year-old Kanye would make of his present success. While writing this, we accidentally had both the 2001 mixtape and Time's interview playing simultaneously and it sounded really good. If you have no bars prepared for the former, we highly suggest you do the same. As you enjoy this surprise mash-up, we'll leave you with these words of wisdom from the man himself… "Every time I crash the internet, it's like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the internet. So what are we getting all of the rest of the time?"

Download Hype Men Present: Kanye West's First Beats here.

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