Kanye West was in a terrible car accident on October 23, 2002, that nearly killed him. After a long night in the studio, West was driving home in Los Angeles at 3 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. His jaw was broken in three places and in emergency surgery they had to put a metal plate in his chin. In his hospital bed, with his mouth wired shut, he heard Chaka Khan's song "Through The Fire
" playing in the background on a CD player. He was just lying back, then he heard her voice melodically singing the line, "Right down to the wire, even through the fire." That's when he got the idea of recording the song to describe what he was going through.
Two weeks after his accident, Kanye recorded the song, even though his jaw was still wired shut. He had to release all of his mixed emotions then and there, taking pain medications between takes to complete the song. He had a new appreciation for life - he was living so carelessly and the accident brought everything into perspective.
Nikki - Chicago, IL