Something wonderful besides 4/20 and Record Store Day happened over the weekend. The Kanye To The site set the Internetz abuzz with the release of a rare collection of early Kanye West material that they dubbed The Prerequisite.
Says Nambo, the original poster who set off the frenzy: These songs are actually from a SUPER old mixtape that Kanye was giving out in 01. No Title, no cover, just a blank CD.
THIS is the tape that Ye played for A&Rs before he got signed.
“The Prerequisite” Mixtape (2001) Tracklist:
1. Home (Windy)
2. Jesus Walks (Original Version)
3. Have It Your Way (Demo Version of Bring Me Down)
4. Out Of Your Mind (Unmixed)
5. Wow! (New Verse!)
6. Need To Know (Orginal ORIGINAL “Gangsta” Version)
7. Gotta Pose (Snippet, was going to be single I guess)
8. Never Letting Go
9. Hey Mama (High Quality Original)
10. Know The Game (Unreleased)
11. Family Business (2001 Unreleased)
12. Dream Come True (All Falls Down Demo)
13. DJ Boom Freestyle (Jigga That Nigga)
14. DJ Boom Freestyle (I Met Oprah)
15. BONUS TRACK: Heartbeat (instrumental made around the time this tape came out)
Download it HERE.
(NOTE: The MP3s are password-protected, but the AACs which are higher quality, are not.)
(Props to Nambo for the upload, One Throne for the stream. Thanks to KTT.)