In the early 2000s, 50 Cent revolutionized the mixtape game and took the streets by storm. Back then, anyone who came through with a hot beat (like say, the beat for Scarface's "Guess Who's Back") knew it was only a matter of time before 50 and his G-Unit cohorts would take the beat and tear it up. The result was that all anyone wanted to talk about was 50's version (case in point, this "Funk Flex Freestyle"). And he wasn't the only one either, Dipset and D-Block followed suit and started jacking for beats like everyone else. To guard against this, Kanye took an extra precaution.
"We were like, ‘Yo, we’re not putting no instrumentals out,’" said Plain Pat. "We wouldn’t give them out to nobody—not even BET. They’d be like, ‘Oh, we wanna play it on this interview,’ and I’d be like, ‘NOPE. I’ll have to ask Kanye.’ We would make exceptions here and there, but we were fucking strict on that shit."
After having unusued instrumental versions laying around his office for months, Plain Pat finally sold the vinyl to Fat Beats for a couple of grand.