kanye west car crash

kanye west car crash

Kanye West Car Crash

On October 23, 2002 the rapper was involved in a serious car accident that kind of changed his life. At that time Kanye was known more for his producing work on Jay Z’s 2001 Blueprint album. Kanye was working late in a studio in LA with Ludacris, Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crack,The Black Eyed Peas and DJ Whoo Kid, after a somewhat disagreement arose between him and Ludacris, Kanye left the studio at about 3 a.m in anger zooming off in a rented Lexus, the car later ran into traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The accident was ghastly leaving Kanye with a broken jaw which he needed a reconstructive surgery to fix.
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Kanye West Car Crash

I’m not going to sit here and pretend to know a single lick about internecine fights between Chicago rappers that happened over a decade ago. Maybe Kanye really did get jumped. But the idea that the crash was a ruse to cover up the fact that he took a beating one time doesn’t seem to hold water. For one thing, Kanye was hospitalized in Los Angeles, not in Chicago. It’s not some story he only started telling after the fact—MTV reported on it at the time. Believing that the crash didn’t happen requires believing that Kanye was airlifted to treatment halfway across the country because he was embarrassed about losing a fight, or that the media knowingly published fake stories so that a little-known producer could be spared from shame.
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Kanye West Car Crash

Perhaps you fired up Twitter this morning to find that “Through the Wire,” the instant classic College Dropout single that introduced the world to Kanye West as a rapper, was trending, just above Jaren Jackson and below Peter Thiel. No, it isn’t because Hillary Clinton is eyeing Yeezy for a Supreme Court slot to counter rumors that Donald Trump wants to put Thiel on the bench, and it’s not some joke about Kanye and Kid Cudi’s recently exchanged words. For some reason, some rap conspiracists out there are saying that West’s big car crash—the one that inspired “Wire” and is a foundational element of his origin myth—never happened at all. They’re wrong, and we can prove it, but we’ll get to that in a second.
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Kanye West Car Crash

On October 23, 2002, Kanye crashed his car and fractured his jaw. The “Through the Wire” title comes from the fact that Kanye recorded the original version while his mouth was still wired shut. Also, it samples Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire”. Check out Kanye’s remix with alternate lyrics!
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Kanye West Car Crash

The song wouldn’t reach the world until early 2003, when the track was on his debut mixtape, Get Well Soon. The tape was mostly a mixture of tracks that Kanye West produced. But there were also a couple of Kanye West songs, including unreleased classics like “Home” and “My Way.” (There were also a couple of tracks that would appear on College Dropout, like “Jesus Walks” and “Two Words”).
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Kanye West Car Crash

But, what happened that night? Throughout the years, Kanye has told the story a number of times. Essentially, after finishing a late night session with Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crack and The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye left the studio in L.A., at around 3AM, in his rented Lexus. While in the car, he was cut off and he ran head-on into traffic, colliding with another car just blocks away from the W Hotel.
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Kanye West Car Crash

On October 23, 2oo2, Kanye was leaving a Los Angeles recording studio after a late-night session when his rented Lexus collided with another car, leaving him hospitalized with a jaw fracture. According to rap legend, the experience of the accident inspired West to get out from behind the boards and pursue his dream of becoming an artist in his own right. The first step in that process was making “Through the Wire” while his jaw was still wired shut. You can hear how strained he sounds on the recording, and the crash made a big enough impact on him that he rapped about on other songs, too. “I know I got angels watching me from the other side,” he said on “Never Let Me” down, thanking God that he didn’t die in his car that night.
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Kanye West Car Crash

This morning’s trend seems to have started with a tweeter from Chicago saying “And what’s crazy is Kanye still got the world thinking he was in a bad car accident October 2002. all Im’a say is come to Chicagoland and ask.” In the replies to that tweet, there are several others who make vague references to Kanye allegedly getting beaten up at the same time as the accident. “didn’t he get jumped because he stole music or something for some people and didnt give credit?” one user asks, to which the original tweeter answers “plus more to that.” Others chime in later about a supposed pistol-whipping, and more say that they’ve been hearing stories about the accident being faked for several years.
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However, there are parts that Kanye seemed to have left out. Last year, DJ Whoo Kid, who apparently was in the studio before Kanye left, talked about what happened that night.
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“So Kanye’s looking crazy, you know, trying to impress Luda, but it wasn’t that time. Luda wanted to come in, do that verse and get the f–k out. So, what made it worse is he went out there and played a beat but by the time he got out there, Luda picked a Red Spyda beat. So now I gotta tell Kanye ‘Your services are not needed.’”
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“Through the Wire” is the debut single by American rapper Kanye West. West wrote and recorded the song with his jaw wired shut after a car accident in October 2002. The song samples Chaka Khan’s 1985 single “Through the Fire” and was released on September 30, 2003, as the lead single from his debut album The College Dropout . The song was also featured on his 2003 mixtape I’m Good and earlier still on Get Well Soon which was released in 2002.
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Kanye West home is nothing less than elegant. After marring Kim, the couple decided to move into a bigger home. The cute couple bought a home for insane $20 million in August 2014. The mansion is located in Hidden Hill, California and features among other things a 1,050 square-foot entertainment pavilion, two spas, eight bedrooms and corresponding bathrooms, two barbecue centers and most notably an onsite vineyard. The immediate owner of the property was Lisa Marie Presley and the house had to go through some little renovation before West and his beautiful family could move in.
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The New York Times’ Kelefa Sanneh described him as “a wounded hero beating the odds” and it “gave him a chance to prove that he was the exception to the rule that producers can’t rap.” Stylus Magazine called it “a poignant, pop-culture-packed account of Kanye’s near-fatal run-in with Chaka Khan”. By rapping with his jaw sewed up, The Source noted that West used “the element of surprise to his advantage”. HipHopDX listed the track as one of “the classics that created” the album’s hype, and Pitchfork Media stated it was “chock-full-of-clever”. Vibe magazine wrote that “West’s sideways approach to music making stands out” on the track and the “raw, teeth-clenching narrative falls in line with his gutwrenching soul beats.” At the 2005 Grammy Awards, the track was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, which was won by Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”.
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The video premiered in November 2003 and the rest is kinda history. The song was the first single off of Kanye West’s classic debut College Dropout, which released on February 10, 2004.
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“Through the Wire” was inspired by the 2002 car accident and West has provided a comedic account of his difficult recovery. The chorus and instrumentals samples a “pitched up” version of Chaka Khan’s 1985 single “Through the Fire”. West did not receive writing credit for the song, which instead went to David Foster, Tom Keane, and Cynthia Weil, who wrote “Through the Fire”. West’s rapping is described as “a Snoop-meets-Hova flow, twisting up his words with the patented ‘izz’ inflection.” PopMatters called it “as riveting and moving as everyone says it is” and it “may be the album’s most startling personal horror story (though it’s also a song of hope and gratitude)”. Allmusic’s Andy Kellman said it was “a daring way to introduce himself to the masses as an MC” and it “couldn’t have forged his dual status as underdog and champion any better.” Kellman described the content as “heartbreaking and hysterical” and that despite his “inevitable slur, his words ring loud and clear”.
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Some background: In the early 2000s, Kanye was known to hip-hop nerds, but only as a producer. He was the guy that who made a bunch of beats for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint in 2001, who pioneered the sped-up style of sampling that came to be known as “Chipmunk Soul,” who rapped the hook on The Blueprint’s “Never Change.” Few people but hardcore rap fans would have recognized his voice at the time, because he didn’t make his formal debut as a rapper until “Through the Wire,” two years later.

Published on Jan 24, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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