News: Unreleased Kanye West 2002 Interview Revealed, "You Might Always See Me In Some Next Sh*t" [Video]

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 12:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Kanye West footage from an unreleased 2002 interview has landed online and features the Grammy-winning rapper speaking on his trend-setting fashion addiction and pre-College Dropout goals.

In the interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Ye focused on addressing his desire to find what is "next" in the fashion world.

"Kanye West, super producer extraordinaire, allow myself to introduce myself," Ye said in the October 2002 interview. "If you hadn't heard just three seconds ago, I'm Kanye West, and you know, I'm also known for such hits as 'H to the Izzo,' you know, you see the gear -- I try to switch the game up. Every time somebody do something, I'ma try to figure out something new man. This one dude, got me really psyched because he came to me and was like, 'Yo, I think your job in life is to go out and find new things' and basically like going out and doing a song that nobody's doing and bringing that back or a lot of the concepts I'm finna talk about in rap, or like back when I was wearing throwbacks and I had to go down to Atlanta to find them before mad n*ggas was wearing throwbacks, so when you see me, you might always see me in some next sh*t, like, 'He dress kinda weird or something.' But just keep in mind what I had on and look up two years later..." (Radio Planet TV)

Entertainment Weekly recently named Ye's 2004 debut, College Dropout, as the top album of the decade.

The 2004 debut from West -- a revolutionarily relatable rapper who also happened to be a beatmaking genius -- was accepted into the hip-hop canon instantly, no diploma needed. For more Bests of the Decade, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Dec. 4. (Entertainment Weekly)

This acknowledgement was later followed by Ye's shocked reaction via a blog posting.

"WOW... THIS IS REALLY FLATTERING...," Kanye wrote. "I'VE HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS THIS YEAR, WELL ACTUALLY THIS DECADE. JUST SEEING THIS COVER TAKES ME BACK TO THAT TIME OF MY LIFE. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PAIN AND LOVE WENT INTO THIS ALBUM. NO ONE SAW IT COMING. THIS PROJECT WASN'T ABOUT ME, IT WAS ABOUT A TIME IN PEOPLES LIVES WHERE PEOPLE FORCE OPINIONS ON YOU AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES FOR YOURSELF. WE LOVED 50 CENT BUT WE WANTED TO BE THE YANG. WE WANTED TO WEAR PINK POLOS AND RAP ABOUT BEING HURT INSTEAD BEING INVINCIBLE. THERE WAS A CORE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THIS ALBUM EVERYDAY.... PLAIN PAT, JOHN MONOPOLY, DON CRAWLEY, ANTHONY KILHOFFER, MANNY MARROQUIN, JOHN LEGEND, DEVON HARRIS, RYHMEFEST, GEE ROBERSON, HIP HOP, AL BRANCH, DAMON DASH, GABE TESORIERO, CRAIG BAUER, GLC, OL' SCHOOL ICE GREE, CONSEQUENCE, B NICE AND MY MOM. I WAS MOST INSPIRED BY THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYNHILL AND I LISTENED TO THAT ALBUM EVERYDAY WHILE WORKING ON MY DEBUT. THANK YOU FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ALSO FOR PUTTING 'THE BLUEPRINT' ON THE LIST ALSO. I LOVED 'THE LOVE BELOW' AND 'GET RICH OR DIE TRYING' ALSO. THEY BOTH EQUALLY DESERVED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN MY EYES BUT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NUMBER ONE!!!" (Kanye West's Blog)

Yeezy dropped his debut album in the winter of 2004.

Then, just as "Through the Wire" was breaking big-time at the tail end of 2003, another West song caught fire, a collaboration with Twista and comedian/actor Jamie Foxx called "Slow Jamz," which gave the rapper/producer two simultaneously ubiquitous singles and a much-anticipated debut album. As with so many of West's songs, the singles were driven by somewhat recognizable sample-based hooks -- Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire" in the case of "Through the Wire," and Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" in the case of "Slow Jamz." (All Music)

Check out Kanye West's unreleased 2002 interview below:

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