01/16/2012 02:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kanye West Rapping At 19-Years-Old (VIDEO)

Long before winning Grammys, ages before he took to The Throne and a decade and a half before Donda was a sparkle in his eye, Kanye West was a precocious 19-year-old with a microphone.

In this fantastic video from 1996 posted on DDotmen.com (via VideoGum), a fresh faced Yeezy grabbed the mic and let it rip, showing off the rhyming skills that would one day make him a global sensation. Spinning verses in his hometown of Chicago, he let loose on stage with then-partner Phenom and let the world know he was on his way.