Here’s What Biggie Would Have Sounded Like On Kanye West Tracks (Audio)
Last week, a Kanye West beat tape surfaced from 1997. While Kanye would land placements on records by Foxy Brown and Jermaine Dupri a year later, he had yet to break through in ’97. Still, the beats contained on the tape showed the promise of what was to come from one of music’s most respected producers.
Now, just a week later, an ambitious DJ named Gosteffects, in conjunction with Complex, has created a concept project pairing West’s beats from 1997 with tracks that were released by notable artists that year. He has seamlessly fused works by The Notorious B.I.G., Camp Lo, Puff Daddy & The Family, Busta Rhymes, Bone Thungs-N-Harmony, Capone-N-Noreaga and Will Smith into a nearly 30-minute, non-stop mixtape titled School Prep, a clever play on Kanye’s early string of academic theme titled albums.
The songs show that even before Kanye was a College Dropout, he was already an honor student in the making. The entire tracklist is below.
1. The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize” (Beat 1)
2. Busta Rhymes “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” (Beat 5)
3. The Notorious B.I.G. — “Sky’s the Limit” (Beat 6)
4. Puff Daddy f/ Notorious B.I.G., the LOX, and Lil’ Kim — “All About the Benjamins” (Beat 7)
5. Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (Beat 4)
6. Capone-N-Norega “T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)” (Beat 2)
7. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony “Look Into My Eyes” (Beat 3)
8. Camp Lo “Luchini (This Is It)” (Beat 8)