Watch this VCR recording of Kanye performing what would have been one of, if not the earliest live performances of “Gold Digger”
Although rare, we’re sometimes blessed with a videos of famous celebrities before they were famous that are miraculously are unearthed and posted onto the interweb. Today this video has come in the form of a YouTube video uploaded by Channel Dynamic of Kanye West & John Legend performing the original version of “Gold Digger” in 2003 at The 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference – long before his debut album The College Dropout hit shelves.
In the vid, Kanye’s wearing a Louis Vuitton backpack (still had a little bit of swag back then), a snapback, and a Reese’s Pieces branded shirt, looking like one of those skateboarding, water-cooler backpack rappers, rather than today’s world-dominating fashion magnate. I wonder how Kanye would react looking back at this video now?
The structure of the song bares no resemblance to the 4x platinum selling hit single “Gold Digger”; notable differences include the lack of Ray Charles “I Got a Woman” sample or radio-friendly hook. Instead you’ve got John Legend playing a rough piano lead with Kanye spitting bars.