Kanye West and John Legend Freestyle Backstage in London in Newly Released Footage
They freestyled lyrics that would eventually become Young Gunz' 'Grown Man Pt. II"
London radio god Tim Westwood has been racking up priceless rap footage for the better part of the last couple decades, and he’s gifted us with another gem. In the video clip above, you can see Kanye West and John Legend Kanye Westing and John Legending backstage at a show in London town in 2004.
Eventually, the freestyle rap-and-song they kicked would become the Young Gunz song “Grown Man Pt. II,” a standout on the Philly duo’s 2005 Brothers From Another album, and a song West also produced. The year this video was taken however, 2004, is quite significant for a myriad of reasons. That year, Kanye dropped his all-time great debut album, College Dropout, propelling him to stardom. Concurrently, his G.O.O.D. Music label imprint was just taking off, and that helped John Legend, who also released his debut album–Get Lifted–that same year. Several hits, Grammy awards and millions of dollars later, it’s always interesting to go back and see where it all began.
Watch the entertaining freestyle above.