Desiigner Discusses Being Shot at 14 Years Old

He broke it all down in a Genius interview.

Desiigner has had quite a year so far. His single “Panda” hit No. 1 and went platinum, and since he’s blown up overnight, we’re still trying to learn a little about him.

That’s what Genius did recently. In a video released on the site, the Kanye West signee showed off the Brooklyn neighborhood he’s from and even recalled a story when he was shot at age 14. 

“I was a bad kid — I was a hard head, I was in the streets doing dumb sh*t,” he told Rob Markman. “I got hit [by a bullet] in my hip. It was a little bit of blood, and that little bit of blood — it wasn’t serious, I was in the hospital 10 minutes, 30 minutes — but it was just that moment that really said, 'Yo, mind your business.' When that happened to me, I knew I wasn’t supposed to be there. I always had a voice in my head that said don’t do the bad.”

Desiigner also explained why he left the streets and says music was what he really wanted to do.

“[Being in the streets] wasn’t working for me, so I was like, you know what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna sell my talent,” he said.

Watch Desiigner’s full interview with Genius below.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.