Kanye West Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder
By Isha Thorpe
June 4, 2018
The conversation was conducted in Wyoming, the place where West worked on his album, and later flew a number of celebrity friends and media personalities out to get the first listen of his project at ye's listening party on Thursday (May 31) evening. The album would be dropped at midnight on Friday (June 1). After the rapper played his seven-track LP to everyone, Big Boy pulled him to the side and had a really deep conversation about what he heard on ye and so much more.
One of the things that West spoke about was his controversial, viral TMZ moment where he called 400 years of slavery in the United States the enslaved black people's "choice." The artist said that after that moment, he decided to change his entire album because he initially addressed that belief on it.
He said: "We just sat there and really honed in on the words. Also, we know now, it's all headlines ... every bar can be used ... I took a bar off the album. It was just too sensitive about that topic and stuff." Listen to the artist speak about that below.
West also opened up about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder on ye and later spoke to Big Boy about it. On the track "Yikes," he raps: “That's why I f**k with Ye / That's my third person / That's my bipolar s**t, n***a what? / That's my superpower, n***a ain't no disability / I'm a superhero, I'm a superhero."
In his conversation with the Real 92.3 LA personality, West echoes this verse. "I've never been diagnosed and I was like 39 years old," West revealed. "It's not a disability, it's a superpower." On his album cover, he says that he's bipolar, as well. "I hate being Bi-Polar. It's awesome," it reads.
West also stated to Big Boy, "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 that [album] and make you feel like it's all good."
Check that clip out below, as well as the entire interview.
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