News: Joell Ortiz Reveals Life-Changing Wreck, "They Had To Cut Me Out Of The Car"
Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:15PM
Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz opened up about his admiration for luxury vehicles this week and, more specifically, how one car wreck completely changed his life.
According to Ortiz, a past car accident forced him to avoid driving for a while.
"I was a passenger in a horrible accident a few years back, and it really had me scared. They had to cut me out of the car," he revealed. "We came back from a barbecue, my boy was twisted and I fell asleep. He went head on into a divider. Yeah, it was really nasty. We were coming from Rockaway, Queens. I was stayin' away from cars for a while. I was getting in taxis, because I had to move around, but I just felt like a taxi is a more responsible person than somebody you hop in with in the hood. So, I had to do that, but I used to still be on eggshells when we went over the W.P. Bridge. Or if they took the outer lane, I'm like, "F*ck, sir, can you move in?" I would just explain my concerns, but I started warming up to riding around here and there." (Complex)
Mr. Yaowa also said the transition to merely getting into a car again took some time.
"I got comfortable about three years ago with just being in a car again. Being in New York, you don't really have to own a car. So, I had that excuse. I was falling back on that, plus, I was like, "I don't need one." In New York you can get around in a heartbeat. It might be faster on the subway if you want to be real. The streets suck, traffic is horrible. I just moved to Jersey, where it's a little calmer. I can move around a bit, so I'm going to get some wheels." (Complex)
Last year, Dipset's Jim Jones talked to SOHH about still living a fast life despite experiencing a near-fatal car crash in January 2011.
"Um, that's a funny thing, man," Jones told SOHH when asked if his life perspective has changed since the near-fatal car crash. "When sh*t like that happens, immediately off top you re-evaluate a lot of things that's going on and sh*t like that. And then for some reason, I found myself doing a 120 [miles per hour] on the highway the other day. It's the fast life, let's go." (SOHH)
The Diplomat rapper previously released a song called "Crash" reflecting on what took place.
"After they finished searching the van for drugs/The officer told me, if I don't believe in God, now is the time to start/I was halfway asleep, faded off the sour/Not knowing that could have been my last hour/I seen it clear, we was on 85/Road looking clear, doing 'bout 85/A smooth sail turned into a crazy ride/I wish I could say a n*gga watched the way he drive/But he was just trying to swerve a deer/I didn't get to see him but the Lord heard my prayers/Head-on collision with the car rail/And I'm a firm believer that God's real/I felt my van crushed against the hard steel/At that point, I can't tell y'all how my heart feel/I seen it happen, we were spinning like a bottle top/And I was praying, 'Lord, please make the bottle stop.' ..." ("Crash")
Check out a recent Joell Ortiz interview below: