Kanye West was worried about gold diggers before he was rich or famous!
A recently unearthed video shows the rapper performing "Gold Digger" back in 2003—two years before it was released as a single from his Late Registration album. In the early version of this NSFW clip, John Legend on the piano provides Yeezus' beat (!), and while the song is majorly slowed down, most of the lyrics remain the same.
The clip, which comes from the 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference, shows a 25-year-old 'Ye rocking a bright orange Reese's Peanut Butter Cup T-Shirt (God bless the Internet), a mismatched red cap, jeans, flashy bling (which may or may not be real—this was, mind you, a year before College Dropout's 2004 release) and a backpack that does not appear to be Louis Vuitton.
Kanye's style might've evolved a bit, but his talent was always there. If you compare the 2003 clip to the finalized 2005 version, you'll notice a few variations between the two (aside from the obvious tempo). For one, the older version lacks Jamie Foxx or any Ray Charles samplings. The early version of the track also includes a lyric that never made it to the studio version—it's right around 1:26 in the Channel Dynamic clip, just after Kanye raps: "18 years, 18 years, She got one of your kids got you for 18 years/ And on her 18th birthday he found it wasn't his..."
Here's where he continues, "He killed that bitch, they gave him 25 years/ 25 years! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah."
Eek. See, even a creative genius who will go down as the voice of this generation has to self-edit sometimes.