Last week, the rarest of rap artifacts surfaced under odd circumstances after a random SoundCloud user uploaded an unreleased Kanye West beat tape from 1997. In an era where we seem to hear everything that artists make it’s easy to forget that once upon a time music like this would never see the light of day. It was essentially a demo, created years before unknown producer Kanye West from Chicago became Kanye West and an interesting insight into what Mr. Five Beats A Day For Three Summers was doing during one of those summers.
Tuesday, an idea that almost makes too much sense materialized: take the leaked 1997 beat tape from Kanye West and throw verses on it from that era that, in another universe, would have been on these instrumentals. The good folks at Complex linked up with DJ Gosteffects to make it happen and here we are, with a 27-minute long mix entitled School Prep. Check out the tracklist and stream School Prep below, featuring appearances from Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Will Smith, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and more.
The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize” (Beat 1)
Busta Rhymes “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” (Beat 5)
The Notorious B.I.G. — “Sky’s the Limit” (Beat 6)
Puff Daddy f/ Notorious B.I.G., the LOX, and Lil’ Kim — “All About the Benjamins” (Beat 7)
Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (Beat 4)
Capone-N-Norega “T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)” (Beat 2)
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony “Look Into My Eyes” (Beat 3)
Camp Lo “Luchini (This Is It)” (Beat 8)