Using your voice to make a living isn’t as easy as it looks. Singers and rappers are constantly putting their vocal cords at risk every time they step into the studio or onto the stage. Recently, Frank Ocean found out just how risky singing professionally can be when he suffered a small tear to one of his vocal cords. It forced him to cancel several Australian tour dates that he had coming up and forced the organizers of Toronto’s OVO Festival to cancel the first day of their event.
Ocean is far from the first singer or rapper to injure his vocal cords as a result of performing, though. Quite a few other acts have done it in the past. Check out 10 artists who’ve done serious damage to their vocal cords. Ouch.
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