Published Nov 24, 2010As your mom's new favourite artist, the press's favourite enemy and the rap world's most pretentious artist, Kanye West is on top of the world. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his most ambitious album to date, and it has met near-unanimous praise from critics on its arrival earlier this week. Still, Ye wasn't always a high-brow rapper with the biggest names in his rolodex. He used to be a regular hip-hop producer striving for glory.
2DopeBoyz recently unearthed three Kanye productions from a little-known Chicago rapper Grav. Kanye produced much of Grav's 1996 album Down to Earth and the site has posted "City to City," "World Domination" and "Sick Thoughts" to stream or download. The album title is fitting for Kanye, as we get to hear the producer without his ego or his bank account, and the result is three tracks of imperfect but suitable '90s hip-hop.
Download or stream tracks from Down to Earth here.