Had cyphers with Yeezy before his mouth wired
Before his jaw shattered

from Kanye West (Ft. Rick Ross) – Devil in a New Dress Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Before Kanye’s infamous car crash in 2002, in which his mouth was wired shut and he almost died, Kanye and Ross met and formed a mutual respect.

In the cover article of the August 2012 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Ross talked about the first time they met each other. The article details:

Sometime around 1998, Ross decided to get serious about rapping. He started hanging around studios, jockeying for time on the mic (…..) and at one point found himself in the studio with a hungry young kid named Kanye West, who was producing an artist Ross was ghostwriting for.
“I didn’t even know who Kanye West was” Ross says. “I just saw a kid with a funny shirt who seemed happy to just be working.”

Kanye west actually recorded a song with his mouth wired shut called “Through the Wire”, the wire being the wire that kept his mouth shut. If you listen, you can notice that his voice sounds different.

In a 2013 interview with Juan Epstein, Ross was asked about this line and expanded his relationship with Kanye.

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