Rapper opens up about mental health experiences on new album
Hip-hop artist Kanye West has opened up about his experiences with mental health on his new album, Ye.
Released on Friday, the rapper’s new album delves into his experiences with a “mental condition” likened to bipolar disorder. However, the star’s lyrics only hint at – as opposed to confirm – the true nature of his illness.
The news comes shortly after West spoke out about mental health during a radio interview, where he indicated that he wanted to help others by destigmatising mental health conditions.
“I’m so blessed and so privileged because [I] think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can’t go and make that [music] and make you feel like it’s all good,” he said.
“I’d never been diagnosed [with a mental condition], and I was, like, 39 years old.”
In 2016, the star was reportedly placed under psychiatric hospitalisation following what the media described as a ‘mental breakdown’.
Since then, the rapper has confirmed that he is taking regular medication and has opened up about many of his experiences in his new album, which repeatedly hints that the star is living with bipolar disorder.
According to reports, West’s music describes his mental illness as a “superpower” and claims that bipolar disorder “ain’t no disability.”
While his comments have sparked controversy, the singer has said that he sees his condition as a source of strength – and suggested that this view might inspire others.