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Monday
Jan162012

Watch Kanye West rap in 1996

Kanye West

Before he was watching the throne and displaying all signs of megalomania, Kanye West actually was the struggling Chicago kid that he claims he was. A new video just surfaced of Kanye at age 19 doing his thing with partner Phenom at Chicago’s Double Door.

The 1996 video highlights West’s talent with words that has faded behind his work as a musician, producer, and self-promoter over the years. Even back in 1996, though, there are still hints of the Kanye West that the world knows today, like that trademark “ha” between lines. Watch the video below.

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