Watch A Pre-College Dropout Kanye Perform An Early Version of "Gold Digger" With John Legend

by Gabby Bess

Kanye West has come along way. Before we even address the music, the proof of his journey is in his outfit in this glorious clip from 2003. Prior to The College Dropout Kanye was a backpack rapper with a literal backpack. He also had a snapback, a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup t-shirt and a fugly pair of camo cargo pants. Called "18 Years" at the time, the early version of "Gold Digger" that he performed at the second annual Dynamic Producer Conference is equally rough. Coincidentally, EDM DJ A-Trak recently took to Genius and provided some insight into the song. We have him to thank, in part, for the re-vamped version of "Gold Digger" sans John Legend. Watch Kanye circa the early-aughts in this recently unearthed clip, above. We've all come a long way since 2003, congrats everyone.

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