These days, Atlanta via Chicago rapper Cap 1 is generally shining like a trophy alongside go-to collaborator 2 Chainz, but the rapper formerly known as Tity Boi isn't the only A-lister Cap 1's shared the stage with. Back in 1998, in front of a dramatic gold curtain, he passed the mic off to a fellow Chi-town up-and-comer named Kanye West.
The footage—the latest contribution from Chicago's apparently sizeable early 'Ye archives—starts at around the 16 second mark of the trailer for Cap 1's new mixtape Caviar Dreams. Kanye comes out in a cutoff Champion shirt and backwards hat, and he already has the blueprint of his signature style, telling other rappers to "keep the Jeep/keep the receipt/keep the [unintelligible]/keep the game/as long as I keep the fame and keep my name: Kanye to the, uh, West." It's a cool look at early Kanye and a powerful way for Cap 1 to show off his new project, which is out January 14. Check it out above.
In addition to sharing the trailer, Cap 1 also offered fans a new track off the project today called "Active." Check it out below:
UPDATE 1/14/2014: 2:55pm: Below is an extended clip of Kanye West and Cap 1 rapping back in 1998. The freestyle session took place on July 11 during a going away party for Cap 1. Where was Cap going? To New York, as the emerging Chicago rapper had a deal with Motown on the table. He would eventually sign with the legendary record label and release his debut album, Through The Eyes Of A Don, in 2000.
Cap 1's mixtape Caviar Dreams will be released later tonight.