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This Video Of A Pre-Fame Kanye Will Warm Your Heart

This previously unreleased 2002 interview with MTV shows a very different side of the rapper, back when he was known only as the guy who made Jay's beats.

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This 2002 interview of Kanye West with MTV is an amazing reminder of how far the rapper has come (and how hardened he's become post-fame).

Via mtv.com

Here, he's practically a different person: thick Chicago accent, words all running into each other because that's just how excited he is, a hunger to prove himself. One thing remains the same, though: He's still just as passionate and nerdy about the music he loves as he was more than a decade ago.

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His passion and love when he talks about finally getting to fulfill his dreams often moves him to tears.

"I've got to always show love to Roc-A-Fella, D-Dot, Jermaine Dupri... it's a lot of people that's helped me in my life. But maybe now Roc-A-Fella is finally letting me get to the point that I've been wanting to get to my whole life, since third grade," he says at the 25:29 mark, before wiping away a few tears.

"I feel like if I do what I'm supposed to do, people are gonna look back like, 'Man, remember dude used to just make beats for people?' I'm trying to get to the point where I can drop my last name off my name, you know what I'm saying? Seriously," 'Ye says. "I don't want to jinx myself or nothing, but I'ma take this opportunity. Like, I got some songs, I got some stuff in my heart that the world need to hear."

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