Video: Kanye West Rapping in 1996



It's easy to forget that at some point in their lives "celebrities" used to not be famous at all (well okay, unless you're Blue Ivy Carter, but you get what I mean). So if you can't imagine Kanye West without a kilt, gold fronts, Air Yeezy 2's, or Louis Vuitton anything, you're definitely not alone.

However, some footage has recently surfaced that proves Kanye hasn't always been a king among men, at least not sartorially. DDotOmen posted a video of a rap hungry 19-year-old West (you know, back when some of his plastic still said "Kayne") performing in Chicago with his pal Phenom (where's this guy now?). His fashion is obviously not as developed as it is now (read: baggy polo shirt tucked IN to faded jeans), but it's clear that his flow and lyrics were as confident and cutting then as they are now when he threatens to "turn big tough guys into women in tears" and proclaims "I've never been tooken out, I keep MC's looking out". Oh yeah,  and we can't forget his use of the third person, a clear sign of his early self-satisfaction, "Kanye represents the sexy n*ggas, the fly n*ggas".

So even though he may look a hell of a lot different now, it's nice to see that his lyrical content hasn't really changed all that much. He's still reppin' the third person ("It's your boy Kanye to the / Chi-town what's going on?", "She in the mirror dancin' so sleazy / I get a call like, "Where are you, Yeezy?"" ) and it's fairly redundant to call the man confident (bordering on conceited) at this point in the game ("Bow in the presence of greatness / 'Cause right now thou has forsaken us / You should be honored by my lateness / That I would even show up to this fake sh*t").

While it's almost second nature to write 'Ye off as an egomaniac, especially in the midst of his #DONDA rants, sometimes it's the fans who need the humility more than the star, and this video is concrete proof that we all just need to swallow our pride and admit that maybe Kanye's presence is a present. But we're not puckering up anytime soon.