Desiigner Discusses Being Shot at 14 Years Old

Desiigner interviewed for Genius, 2016. (Photo: Genius)

Desiigner Discusses Being Shot at 14 Years Old

He broke it all down in a Genius interview.

Published June 10, 2016

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.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Genius)


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