There’s nothing like a hungry emcee. Prior to rapping, when he was just a producer working with many of the greats of the early aughts, Kanye was eager to prove himself as a capable artist. Many labels were unlucky to sign him, including Rocafella, the label he was producing for at the time. In a recently unearthed video, Kanye lets loose a ferocious freestyle that sounds unlike anything we’ve heard from him in damn near ten years. It’s tenacious, thrilling, and, at the same time heartbreaking.
Kanye looked much younger here, but also hungrier. You can see the murderous gleam in his eyes; he’s out to prove himself. When he gets the mic, he goes off. His profanity-laced sermon reeks of the vistas of talent stored within his bow. After only a minute, the freestyle cuts, but the effect stays with you. This Kanye West endured throughout the early 2000s and until around 2010 before he became much too full of himself.
In recent years, Kanye has become a parody of everything he used to hold dear. From endorsing President Trump to saying that slavery was a choice, he’s nowhere near the iconoclast that he used to be. Even his raps are filled with corny punchlines and lazily-structured songs. It seems like the final curtain has been cast on Kanye the creative. From here, it looks like it’s only going to go downhill.
Let’s admire the once hungry Kanye one last time with this clip below.
UNRELEASED Kanye West Freestyle
September 22nd, 2000. 10:45pm. Live from Kanye's home studio on 95th and Longwood. Beverly. Konman Productions HQ.
via ChannelZeroTV pic.twitter.com/h1LN8O5Ts5
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) August 10, 2018
@RealRobotJones and @TheTeeta drop a holiday banger in “Sleigh”
Robot and Teeta have a jolly ole’ trap record that’ll get you through the winter holiday. “Sleigh” is an adventurous listen that’ll captivate even the most hesitant of fans with its enrapturing energy. Robot’s forever-weird vocals contrast with Teeta’s magnetic ones perfectly. You’ll enjoy the fierce interplay.
Listen to “Sleigh” below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON’s new album ‘FAREWELL SUMMER’ is out now
Levi Hinson, out of Oklahoma, has his shit together. The 18-year-old rapper has released his new album FAREWELL SUMMER. It’s every bit as smooth and melodic as one would imagine, judging that his last single, “PHANTOM” is every bit as flowing as river water. To see everywhere it can be checked out at, click here.
Check out FAREWELL SUMMER below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON releases new single “PHANTOM”
Hailing from Oklahoma, Levi Hinson is out of this world. His new single “PHANTOM” is magnetic and earnest; a necessary combination to make noise at this level in rap’s extremely busy ecosystem. He croons with effortless ease on “PHANTOM” that makes it one of the strongest tracks you’ll hear this month. Be on the lookout for his new project, FAREWELL SUMMER, dropping in December.
Listen to “PHANTOM” below.