If you were wondering what Kanye West was like at age 19, a recently surfaced video shows he wasn’t much different at all.
In the clip, taken in August 1996 at Fat Beats record shop on 6th Avenue, Ye was already doing his signature “Haan!” and put his chops on display for a whole room, rapping about being the best and stealing his verses from the future.
“My style is too cold / Always forever like Luther / But it ain’t original because I stole it from the future,” raps the future 21-time (and, likely, counting) GRAMMY winner.
Kanye also calls out Alanis Morissette with the line “that s— is not ironic like Alanis Morissette.” Even as a 19-year-old, Kanye was positioning himself as the best in music.
The owner of the now-defunct Fat Beats and subsequent Sirius XM radio host for “Rap Is Outta Control,” DJ Eclipse, reached out to Complex with the footage.