Started From the Waldorf School: The Teenage Performances of 8 Superstar Rappers

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Last week, a video of a teenage Kanye West performing at New York City’s Fat Beats record store hit the Internet, an unlikely gem the store’s former manager found while converting old Hi8 videotapes to DVD. And now, a beautifully titled song by a 16-year-old Eminem — “Pooh Butt Day” — has also emerged from the Internet’s depths, a surprisingly upbeat foot-tapper from an artist known for anger and darkness.

The grainy beauty of these performances got us dreaming about the other tiny rappers frozen in time on YouTube, and before too long we gathered some clips capturing what’s basically a Muppet Babies of Rap — eight early performances by future all-stars.