Date: Summer 1997

What Happened?: Earl Simmons was nearly beaten to death after being accused of stealing from a group of guys. Although X was a career thief, this was one of the few times where he genuinely didn't commit the crime he was accused of. He was rushed to the hospital with his throat swelling, but he eventually recovered.

How He Responded: After the beatdown, X had his jaw wired shut. At the urging of Irv Gotti, Lyor Cohen travelled to Yonkers to hear the buzzing rapper rhyme. X spit with so much vigor that he broke the wires on his jaw. This impressed Lyor so much he signed X to Def Jam that night. Guess Yeezy ain't the only one to spit through the wire.