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In 1996, a record store called Fat Beats relocated from a small 9th street basement space to a second floor 6th avenue location. To celebrate the move, Fat Beats hosted an event where local rappers could cypher. Plenty of emcees were in attendance including ILL BILL, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna, and many others.
However, the biggest surprise was a 19-year-old Chicago emcee by the name of Kanye West. Although Ye’s verse was super raw, he clearly had crazy potential. You can see the intense passion even at 19. Struggle rappers take notes.
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