Before he was Yeezus, he was Kanye West, a struggling rapper from Chicago with hopes of changing the world with his music. On October 23, 2002, West was in a Californiarecording studioproducing music for Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, and The Black Eyed Peas. After leaving the studio at around 3 a.m. in his rented Lexus, he had a near-fatal accident when he was cut off by a car. What happened next in “the same hospital that Biggie Smalls died” created West’s first single and a star was born to the world.
* West wrote and recorded the song with his jaw wired shut after a car accident in October 2002