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
@keepupwithxay drops ‘Forever With Me.’
Xay’s debut project, Forever With Me., is now out. The new release, which features his self-titled smash, “Xay.,” is the perfect entry point into his infectious style, bringing you into his world for a one-of-a-kind listen that you’ll be hard-pressed to forget. If you want to hear a distinct take on rap, one that references both its past and its future, make sure to check this out, below.
Ayo Jet and 4sure Hef drop “Sauce”
New York is home to one of the strongest hip-hop scenes in the game right now. Staten Island representers Ayo Jet & 4sure Hef are here to let you know they have a place amongst what’s currently going on in the Big Apple’s scene. The latest single, “Sauce,” embodies all the qualities of a NYC hit. The fire drill beat produced by Saint Cardona and the dope feature from Lougotcash is a recipe for a smash.
Ayo Jet & 4sure hef are ready to pop onto the main stage. They claim that the new single came easy. After the artists heard the beat, they immediately imagined themself in the club flexing and bagging all of the women in the section. Although the clubs are still mainly closed, “Sauce” has the potential to stay around for a while. Staying power is essential in this industry, and Ayo Jet & 4sure hef are sure they have everything it takes to leave their mark.
Check out “Sauce” below.
@keepupwithxay drops a self-titled smash
Xay has released a self-titled song that’ll raise the hair on your shoulders. The Richmond, VA-rapper’s out-of-this-world touch can be heard on the release that samples Ludacris on its chorus. It’s one hell of a listen that you’ll return to over and over. I promise.
Check out “Xay.” below.