Listen to Kanye West’s Beat Mixtape from 2001

Writer, musician and gallery-owner Jensen Karp recently took to the web to share a particularly nostalgic article of Kanye memorabilia from 2001. Karp came into ownership of two Kanye West tapes containing the oldest Kanye beats ever released, according to Karp. Pre-dating the release of College Dropout by three years, the tapes reveal the beginnings of Kanye’s ability to flip soul samples into infectiously catchy productions, as well as his signature approach to drums that would create the foundation of his first two studio albums. Check it out Kayne West earlier production!