MOMENTS | Rehash: #FBF Watch Kanye West Freestyle at Real Deal, a Tiny but Legendary London Record Store
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Father’s Day is coming up, and since Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their second spawn (who they will not be naming ‘South’), we’re revisiting pre-fatherhood Kanye’s early freestyle with John Legend and Mos Def. You know, before he was falling asleep during the “Frozen” Disneyland sing-along show for North West’s birthday. The freestyle in question took place at Real Deal, a renowned record store for the hip-hop scene in London. Though the store closed down back in 2007, the infamous open mic sessions once hosted performances from music icons like Amy Winehouse, Mos Def, Ghostface Killah, will.i.am, and of course, Kanye West. Storeowner Vincent Olutayo had previously resurrected the record store via pop-up, and now he has released the video archives too.
On Kanye’s open mic freestyle, Olutayo told Dazed, “Deal Real’s good friend and supporter Estelle, had initially persuaded John Legend to perform in the shop to promote his forthcoming debut album Get Lifted. John ended up performing for close to an hour and towards the end of his set, invited Kanye to join him for the Slum Village remix of ‘Selfish’. By this time Mos Def was a regular visitor to Deal Real and had performed a good few times. Hearing John and Kanye were around, he also passed by the shop and what happened next was set to go down as one of the shops MOST memorable moments.”
Happy Father’s Day! Watch Kanye and Mos Def’s freestyle the Slum Village remix of “Selfish” over at Dazed And Confused. Then maybe give “Only One,” a song Kanye dedicated to his late mother and to his daughter, North West.
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