Rapper turned art gallery owner Jensen Karp (fka Hot Karl) has uncovered some old beats from Kanye West dating from 2001. Two discs were labelled 'Kanye West', but only Disc 1 has made it online.

"I think this collection of early Kanye beats shows you where he came from, even if it doesn't necessarily sound like 'Kanye' now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today," he said "I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early, so he could make the last train back to his mom's house. He's come a long way, and I'm proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start."

The beats are very reminiscent of early Kanye, for sure, lots of soul samples and strings; the third beat on the compilation below is really really cool. Enjoy – and imagine Kanye's voice bobbing over the top of 'em. It fits just perfectly.