19-Year-Old Kanye West Freestyling At Fat Beats NYC

By Staff  |  07/17/2014

Before Kanye West became a fashion aficionado, he was a rap superstar. But, before he shot to rap stardom, he was a producer under the Roc-A-Fella umbrella trying to prove his worth... and even further back, he was just a Chicago teen with a passion for hip-hop.

DJ Eclipse, the former manager of Fat Beats' New York store, recently unearthed nearly two-decade-old footage of a 19-year-old 'Ye, who freestyles at the opening of the Fat Beats 6th Avenue store back in August 1996.

In the throwback clip, a skinny Kanye -- sporting an oversized Polo -- flexes some lyrical skills.

"My style is too cold / Always forever like Luther / But it ain't original because I stole it from the future," he raps.