Kanye West spoke about his mental health in a new radio interview BigBoy TV
Kanye West was recently diagnosed with a “mental condition,” he revealed in a new interview.
The rapper, 40, did not specify what condition he’s dealing with, but makes multiple mentions of bipolar disorder on his new album.
He told longtime radio host Big Boy during a recent sit-down conversation that he was “diagnosed with a mental condition” and noted that he had “never been diagnosed ‘til I was like 39.”
“I’m so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West that can’t go and make (an album) and make it feel like it’s all good,” West says in a video interview with Big Boy.
“Think about somebody does exactly what I did at TMZ and they do that at work but then Tuesday morning they come in and they’ve lost their job. But they can’t go in there and make that. That’s why God put that on me.”
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West released his long-anticipated new album “Ye” to the public last Friday after premiering the work at a listening party in Wyoming.
The cover artwork of the seven-song album features an inscription that reads “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome,” while he also refers to bipolar disorder in a new song titled “Yikes.”
“That’s why I f–k with Ye, see, that’s my third person, that’s my bipolar s–t,” he raps, before saying, “That’s my superpower … ain’t no disability.”
West’s comments to Big Boy about TMZ referred to his recent appearance on the gossip website’s live TV show, during which he controversially suggested slavery sounded “like a choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sound like a choice,” West said last month. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?”
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He later attempted to clarify his comments in a tweet that same evening.
“To make myself clear, of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” West wrote at the time. “My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved. They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut.” On track four of the new album, West alludes to the controversial TMZ comments he made just weeks ago: “I say slavery a choice/they say how Ye.”