#repost from @chi354 October 23rd – Kanye West is in involved in a near-fatal car accident after leaving a recording studio in California on this day in 2002.
West, who had fallen asleep while driving after a recent exhausting schedule, was involved in the bad car-crash near The W Hotel, where he was staying.
West had been working on music for The Black Eyes Peas, Beanie Sigel and Peedi Peedi at a recording studio earlier in the evening when this happened.
Two weeks later, West would record the hit-song “Through The Wire”, whose title references West having his jaw wired shut along with having reconstructive surgery following the accident. “Through The Wire” was recorded at The Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles.
Roc-A-Fella Records, who released the track, were hesitant about putting out the song for West, who at that point was merely an in-house producer for the fledgling label, who was not sure about Kanye’s abilities as an artist.
After the success of the song, Roc-A-Fella would sign West as an artist as well. “Through The Wire” would also be featured on his successful multi-platinum-selling 2004 debut album “College Dropout”. #kanyewest #throughthewire #thruthewire #kanye #yeezy #chicago #chiraq