Vintage: Listen To Early Kanye West Production & Rapping For Chicago’s Infamous Syndicate [1999]

blame it on JES7 April 22, 2015

Before Shawnna started Disturbing the Peace with Luda, the Chicago rapper was in a short lived group who went by the name Infamous Syndicate. Alongside fellow Chicago artist Teefa, the two released two albums, Changing the Game which was released in 1999 on the famed Relativity Records imprint.

Their actual debut (which was a cassette-only promo) featured Common on six interludes.

A couple of highlights from the era and the album (besides the fact that the group sort of launched Shawnna’s career) was the fact that a still not-very-well-known Kanye West was featured as both a guest and producer, alongside No ID.

Many of us know of the work he provided for another Chicago artist, Grav and his Down To Earth LP from 1996.

Three years later, ‘Ye would contribute vocals to “What You Do to Me” (which he also produced) as well as production on “Clock Strikes 12” (which featured the Outlawz’s Hussein Fatal) and “City of Hustlas”. The album, single, 12″ is fairly rare, in terms of knowledge, but it’s out there and can be purchased for a very reasonable price.

Produced by Kanye West

Produced by Kanye West