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Photos: Kanye West's Career Highs — and Lows


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2002

Two weeks after his Roc-a-Fella deal is officially announced, Kanye survives a serious car accident in L.A. — while driving home from a recording sessions at 4 a.m. he falls asleep at the wheel of his rental Lexus, crashing into an oncoming car. The other driver breaks both his legs; Kanye's jaw is shattered. Two weeks after the accident, which his mouth still wired shut, he records "Through the Wire," his first single.

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