Common passed on this beat, I made it to a jam

from Kanye West – Everything I Am Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He was originally going to give this beat to friend and label mate Common, but when he turned it down ‘Ye decided to use it for himself. This exchange of beats between the two chicago MC’s started in early 2005 when they were working on Com’s album “Be”. An album that Kanye produced 9 out of the 11 tracks and then used any rejected beats on his album later that year, “Late Registration”.

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