10 Kanye x Complex Moments Left: Photo by Walik Gorshon

April 2003

Making his first Complex appearance in our 6th issue (April/May 2003), a young Yeezy is interviewed by former staff writer Timmhotep Aku about the infamous October 2002 car accident behind his breakout single "Through The Wire." "When I woke up and looked in the mirror, my jaw was cracked in half and I could see the separation in my bottom jaw," he said of the tragedy that turned triumph. "When I got something in my heart to say, I gotta express it as best I can." Kanye was also kind enough to provide us with a photo from his hospital bed that has never been seen outside of the "Through The Wire" music video.

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