Teen boy born without a jaw can’t speak—but now he’s making vibes in the music industry Teen boy born without a jaw can’t speak—but now he’s making vibes in the music industry
Isaiah Acosta is a 17-year-old high school student from Phoenix, Arizona. He attends Apollo High School, where his passions include rap, music, and poetry—something... Teen boy born without a jaw can’t speak—but now he’s making vibes in the music industry

Isaiah Acosta is a 17-year-old high school student from Phoenix, Arizona. He attends Apollo High School, where his passions include rap, music, and poetry—something he hopes to use to get into a music career in the future.

“I connect with rap—I enjoy the energy of it,” he said, corresponding with PEOPLE.

His only setback? He has no way to speak.


©YouTube Screenshot | CMN Hospitals

Acosta was born without a jaw or a pathway for oxygen, meaning he has no voice, no way to eat, and requires a tube to breathe.

His condition is known as situs inversus, and it was expected at birth to be fatal. He was deprived of oxygen because of it for the first 15 minutes of life, and the doctors told his mother that survival wouldn’t be easy.


©YouTube Screenshot | CMN Hospitals

©YouTube Screenshot | CMN Hospitals

“He’d gone without oxygen for 15 minutes and I was told that even if he made it, he wouldn’t have any quality of life,” said his mother, Tarah.

“But he’s a fighter—and even though he can’t speak, he can think and hear just fine.”

It’s a unique obstacle for someone who wants to get into the rap industry, that’s for sure.

Despite his limitations, though, Acosta is determined to make waves using lyrics he’s written throughout his life. The teenager wants his voice to be heard—even if he, physically, isn’t the one who is able to speak what he pens.

That’s where rapper Trap House comes in.

The artist, whose real name is Tikey Patterson, lent his voice to Acosta, rapping the teen’s lyrics for him to then visually perform on stage.

It’s an incredible way to get around an obstacle that most wouldn’t even consider being able to get past. And best of all, Acosta uses it to raise awareness for others in his position, rapping about his condition, the challenges he overcomes, and helping to promote donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Music has changed my life and now (with help from Trap House), I feel like I’m helping people with no voice,” he explained.

Acosta gets heavily involved in his own songs, although his voice isn’t the one being used on the track.

According to Trap House, Acosta was the overseer for the production of his songs from essentially start to finish.

In addition to writing the lyrics for the song they recently recorded, “Oxygen to Fly,” Acosta was heavily involved in laying down the track and picking the beats.

Trap House was amazed.

“He picked the beat and he picked the production—I wanted the end result to be what he envisioned in his imagination,” he said. “With rap, you always hope to be able to speak for the voiceless.”

It’s not the kind of rap artist you’d expect to see take the stage. But for Acosta, his words deserve to be heard, and he’s found an excellent way to make sure that’s possible.

Henry Okafor

  • Mary joy Placente

    2018-01-29 #1 Author

    My heart melt, this is a very inspiring story.

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  • Majanae

    2018-01-29 #2 Author

    It shows no matter your obstacle you can accomplish or get through anything

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  • Zionna Jade

    2018-01-29 #3 Author

    Wow, so blessed… god bless you!

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  • Alishia lewis

    2018-01-30 #4 Author

    Beautiful and u have a good heart for everybody and change the world is love.

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  • Ke’Ara

    2018-01-30 #5 Author

    He is beautiful just like a normal baby

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  • Elsie Soto

    2018-01-30 #6 Author

    Isaías id a young man who this history teaches su that there are no obstacles that limit usbto be yo achieve our dreams . Isaíah must be inspiration for many people who for the obstacles , do not figth to realize their goals, to achieve their objetives and prefer to live a limited LIfe. Today he demsotrates that we must have forces and wins to figth, to be someone useful to the society. This demostrates us, that with the only fact believing everything is possible your history is and inspiration to live and BELIEVE

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  • Keyshs

    2018-01-30 #7 Author

    This is an Amazeing story It touched my heart peace, blessings to you Young man

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  • Drena

    2018-01-30 #8 Author

    He’s beautiful and amazing

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