Pre-Teen Kanye West Deliver Passionate MLK Jr. Poem

From Rolling Stone:

As a stadium-packing rap icon, Kanye West knows how to command the stage. But he had the same skill set – albeit on a smaller scale – when he was a middle-schooler. On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian linked out to a YouTube clip of her husband delivering a passionate poem about Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1990, when the rapper was only 12 or 13 years old. “I wish I posted this yesterday!” Kardashian wrote on Twitter of the video, which was originally posted in 2012. “How cute is my baby!!!!!!! #MLK.”

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Though the clip itself is grainy, West’s charisma cuts through. “My name is Kanye West,” he says at the top, with extreme confidence, before starting the poem. “A man who fought for freedom / A man who fought for equality,” he reads. “Those who were against him / Were too blind to see / What this man was fighting for / So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door / Yes, we know that this man is great / That’s why today we celebrate / Everyone lifts their voice and sing / For a man who wanted freedom to ring / Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of / A man whose name means love.”