11/04/2013 04:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Unreleased Kanye West MTV Interview Displays Outspoken Creative 'Genius' In The Making (VIDEO)

Before Kanye West’s music career catapulted into the multi-platinum stratosphere, the Chicago native was simply known as one of the masterminds behind Jay Z’s classic 2001 opus, “The Blueprint.”

Shortly thereafter, MTV tapped West as an emerging artist in 2002 during a segment of “You Hear It First.” Check out the unreleased interview, conducted by Revolt TV’s VP of Programming & News, Rahman Dukes, in its entirety below.

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