Before Kanye West took over the mic, he made a name for himself as a producer for many.
On his latest LP, The Life of Pablo, West flexed his production muscle again, but now a beat tape from 1997 has resurfaced. The eight-track project was uploaded by a user named Trilly Madison.
KanyeToThe dug up the songs that two of the beats turned into. One was allegedly used for a Grav song and another one is for “What You Do To Me,” a cut from Infamous Syndicate’s Changing The Game album.
He talked about his transformation from a local Chicago producer to renowned rapper on “Last Call” from The College Dropout.
“After they picked that ‘Truth’ beat I was figuring I was gonna do some more work but shit just wasn’t poppin off like that,” he says. “I was stayin in Chicago, I had my own apartment, I be doin like, just beats for local acts just to try to keep the lights on, and then to go out and buy, get a Pelle Pelle off lay-away,get some Jordans or something or get a TechnoMarine, that’s what we wore back then I made this one beat where I sped up this Harold Melvin sample I played it for Hip over the phone, he’s like, ‘Oh, yo that shit is crazy Jay might want it for this compilation album he doin, called The Dynasty.'”
Stream Kanye West’s 1997 beat tape and the two songs below: