Offset is the subject of a new, deep-diving profile by the New York Times, in which the Migos member opens up for the first time about a serious car accident that forced him to rethink his approach to music and life.
The rapper got into the car accident in May this year, he recounted to the NYT. While on a late-night store run in his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Offset had swerved to avoid a man walking on the road and reportedly crashed into a tree. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
He managed to get home to his wife Cardi B, who was seven months pregnant at the time, but was hardly able to stand or speak. He had also busted his bottom teeth and broken his eye socket.
The accident taught him to “slow down. Take your time. Think through your moves,” Offset told reporter Joe Coscarelli. But it seemed that lesson took a while to sink in, for the day after the accident, a heavily bandaged Offset was back in the studio.
The rapper is due to release his debut solo record next month, completing a cycle Quavo kicked off in October, followed by Takeoff earlier this month.
This forthcoming album, the NYT revealed, cuts back on the braggadocio for a closer look at Offset’s biography and personal life. One of the songs highlighted in the profile for its move towards vulnerability and storytelling style is “Red Room,” which you can hear below.