Lil Tjay has shared footage from his post-surgery recovery following a near-fatal shooting that took place in June.
The rapper took to his TikTok on Wednesday (September 7) to share a video of him walking out of a hospital room with the assistance of a nurse despite early reports saying he was paralyzed. His new song, “Beat The Odds,” which he released last month, plays in the background of his post.
“The blogs said I was paralyzed and couldn’t walk,” Lil Tjay wrote in the video. “But I started walking in a week after surgery. I beat the odds.”
Lil Tjay was shot seven times during an attempted robbery while sitting in his car outside a Chipotle restaurant in Edgewater, New Jersey. The 21-year-old was rushed into emergency surgery but was later reported to have been unconscious and breathing through a tube for a few days.
He took to social media on August 24 to say that while things were “tough,” he is back and “stronger than ever.”
“Hey what’s going on y’all?” Tjay, who was donning a neck brace, said in a video. “I’m just checking in with y’all. I just wanna say, thanks for the love, thanks for the support. I’ve been looking at the DM’s, seeing the comments and everything else and I feel love.”
Tjay continued: “Seven shots it was tough you know, most people don’t survive it but I’m here. Here for a reason and new music coming soon, we’re gonna come back stronger than ever. Love y’all.”
He did exactly that two days later when he dropped his comeback single “Beat The Odds.” The record finds the rapper thanking his fans for their continued love and support on his triumphant new banger.
The official music video showcases Lil Tjay’s time in the hospital recovering from the shooting, which includes him recording the song from his hospital room with his bullet wounds on display.
Lil Tjay’s most recent project, Destined 2 Win, arrived in 2021 featuring standout tracks such as the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Calling My Phone” with 6LACK and “Headshot” alongside Fivio Foreign and Polo G.