Six Rappers Who Suffered Automobile Accidents


Kanye West

Year: 2002

Like Biggie before him, Kanye West suffered injuries in a car accident that ultimately affected his musical output. In 2002, following a studio session in Los Angeles with Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, DJ Whoo Kid and Ludacris, Yeezy got into a near-fatal car accident and flipped his vehicle. Although his actual injuries weren’t life threatening—Kanye’s manager at the time Gee Roberson reported that he suffered a broken jaw—they became an integral element of his early music career. Kanye’s fractured jaw had to be wired shut for six months after the accident, hampering his then-budding rap aspirations. Yet a mere two weeks later, ‘Ye was back in the studio recording what would later become his Grammy nominated single “Through The Wire.” The song not only charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 15 consecutive weeks, but its accompanying video—which Kanye financed himself—won Best Video of the Year at the 2004 The Source Hip-Hop Awards

After “Through The Wire” proved to be a commercial and critical success, Kanye told Yahoo! Music that the accident was a prophetic blessing in disguise. “The only thing this accident is saying is, ‘I am about to hand you the world, just know at any given time I can take it away from you,’” he mused. “To nearly lose your life, to nearly lose your mouth, your voice, your whole face, as a rapper…and I had to be on TV! My face looks crazy to me now… But I have to just thank God for the situation that I am in…’Through The Wire’ is the worst thing that could’ve possibly happen to me, and now it’s obviously the best thing. Look how it exploded!”

[via Wikipedia]

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