Kanye West has given a frank and open interview to discuss his mental health battle.
West, having dropped his new record, described raps “today I thought about killing you,” on the first track of the album. And, in the next song, discusses his mental health by rapping “that’s my bipolar shit what/that’s not a disability that’s my superpower/I’m a superhero.”
Conversations around West’s mental health reached fever pitch when the 40-year-old appeared on TMZ live and suggested that slavery “was a choice”. It was the controversial comments that were met with criticism by his industry colleagues and a moment he himself said changed his creative process when writing new album Ye.
Now, in a new interview with radio personality Big Boy, West explained how he was diagnosed at the age of 39 and how he’s learning and understanding a new chapter of his life, he said: “I’m so blessed and so privileged. Think about people who have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can’t go and make that, and make it feel like it’s all good.
“Think about someone who does exactly what I did at TMZ and they just do that at work, right? But then Tuesday morning, they come in, and they lost their job and they can’t go back and make that. That’s why god put that on me at age 40. I had never been diagnosed until, like, 39-years-old. I think everybody’s got something. I think everybody got something, but like I said, on the album, I said, that it’s not a disability, that it’s a superpower.”
Watch the full interview, here: