The American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977. He is widely considered to be not only one of the finest musicians of his generation but also one of the greatest of all time in the genre of hip hop. While he was still a young man, the Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised producer Kanye West created the “chipmunk soul” sampling technique and became well-known for his work with Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s.
The College Dropout (2004), his first studio album, was a critical and financial success, and he went on to pursue a successful solo career as a rapper. Later that year, West established his record label GOOD Music. Cookie and Chike’s three-part documentary series een-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is an epic look at Kanye West—now known as Ye—and his meteoric climb to fame.
The 20-part documentary series follows him from his early days as a producer and rapper through his later years as a businessman and fashion designer and his involvement in various scandals. In the first part, titled “Vision,” we saw West try and fail to get a record deal as a rapper rather than a producer. Finally, he was signed to Roc-a-Fella Records, but just two weeks later, he was involved in an automobile accident.
On Wednesday, February 23rd, the second episode will be released, continuing the story from where we left off. After finishing a recording session in Los Angeles on October 23, 2002, West was driving home when he was in a terrible vehicle accident. It was stated by Rolling Stone that West crashed the rental Lexus around 3 a.m. after he dozed off behind the wheel.
An incoming automobile smashed into him. The other driver broke both of West’s legs, and West’s jaw was smashed in three places. A metal plate was implanted in West’s chin, and his mouth was wired shut for more than a month after he required emergency surgery. It was reported at the time by MTV News that West’s manager Gee Roberson said, “He is anticipated to be released from the hospital within the next few days, and his jaw will be wired shut for the next six weeks.”
Ye has mentioned the wreckage from his car accident in more than one song. Yeezy raps, “God protected me from that crash,” possibly referring to the near-fatal car accident that occurred in 2002, in the track Eazy, which was released on January 15, 2022. West reminisced on the collision in an interview with MTV a few months after it occurred: “Three pieces of bone in my jaw were smashed.
Two bones in my nose broke. My nose would bleed while I was in the middle of a conversation. Spit still has a way of going the wrong way, which means I can start choking at any time. Everywhere you look in that region, there is chaos. However, at the moment I am recuperating, and I am merely learning how to pronounce things like “What’s up” with the “t” and the “s” together without slurring, so that I may once again rap.”
West’s first single, Through the Wire, was recorded only two weeks after the disaster. Song Facts claims that West recorded the song with his lips still wired shut and after taking multiple painkillers in between takes. Through the Wire, which was released in September 2003 and was a tremendous smash, sampled Chaka Khan’s single Through the Fire, which was originally published in 1985.
It was certified platinum and gold in the United States and the United Kingdom, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rap Solo Performance in 2005. The College Dropout, West’s first studio album, was released on February 10, 2004, and it went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album the following year, in 2005.
West told Interview Magazine in 2014, after being asked how the accident affected his music, that it made him more reflective “After what happened, I feel like I started looking at time differently. Prior to this realization, I was more receptive to being brainwashed into being compelled to work with other people or on other projects that I had no interest in.
“Just like that, the mishap made it possible for me to pursue my true passion. Everyone told me as a music producer that I had no business trying to become a rapper, so it provided me an excuse to say, “Hey, I need some time to recover.”
“In contrast, I used that time to focus solely on improving my skills as a filmmaker and on completing The College Dropout. I would never have had the opportunity to do what I desired if not for that time frame; I would have been inundated with calls and pressure from all sides by people to whom I owed something.”