Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West may have fans yearning for a full-length new studio album, however, unreleased demo tracks from his first two solo projects have now surfaced online.
On the records, fans should immediately be able to notice switched up lyrics and a more street-sounding Yeezy.
G.O.O.D Friday? Not really but while we await the arrival of new material from Kanye West, check out this old demo, which seems to be an alternate or maybe an original version with even slightly new lyrics. Notably, the beat is completely different from the Lauryn Hill sampled or Syleena Johnson sang versions that appeared on College Dropout. There’s also an original version of “Bring Me Down” which is labeled “Have It Your Way”, both of these demos are believed to date back to 2001. Again with noticeably different lyrics, a more aggressive Kanye, the second verse on “Have It Your Way” – some of the lines were later used on “Whole City Behind Us”. (DDOTOMEN)
A few years ago, a previously unreleased 2002 pre-fame Kanye interview sprouted online.
“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)
Back in 2009, media publication Entertainment Weekly named College Dropout its top pick for 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)
Following the recognition, Mr. West hopped onto his personal blog to show gratitude.
“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 LAURYN HILL 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)
Check out “All Falls Down” and “Bring Me Down”: