Fri 7 Feb 2014
Shouts to Erika for killing it with The College Dropout 10th anniversary coverage over on Billboard. In addition to putting together an oral history of Kanye’s debut album, featuring insight and commentary from 26 collaborators including Dame Dash and No I.D., Erika also sat down with Coodie Simmons and Chike Oza, two directors who worked with Ye early on, to show us some never-before-seen footage from The College Dropout era.
As Coodie and Chike walk us through the old clips, we get to see Kanye rapping “Never Let Me Down” for Pharrell in the studio (and Pharrell’s priceless reaction), almost getting into a fight with an angry rapper and having the wires cut out of his mouth following his car accident. Don’t miss the prophetic moment at the end where Kanye says in a speech, “the only reason I make tracks at this point is to have enough money to pay for my t-shirts.”
Head on over to Billboard to read Coodie and Chike’s additional commentary on Kanye’s College Dropout music videos.
Watch after the jump…