Kanye West has always been a prolific producer and beat maker. In fact, that's how he made it in the game in the first place!
Today, his production has evolved light years, but who could forget The College Dropout-era Ye, the one who came heavy with the soulful samples and real instruments?
This 2001 beat tape, recently discovered by Jensen Karp and posted on TheStashed.com, proves Kanye was really putting in the work he was talking about.
According to Karp, he found the tape in a random box in his garage. But, could these actually be the oldest Kanye beats ever released? Karp said,
In his 2004 track "Spaceship," Kanye dropped the "Lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers" line, and he clearly wasn't lying about it!
Citations: Kanye Beats Before He Made It Big (MTV)