"It’s not a disability, it’s a superpower," says Kanye West on being diagnosed with a 'mental condition' at the age of 39
Kanye West reveals that he was diagnosed with a mental condition at the age of 39 and also talks about it in his new album.
Kanye West, last week, revealed that he was diagnosed with a mental condition and sharing details about what he went through, he surprised everybody by saying: It’s not a disability, it’s a superpower." That the rapper was suffering from a mental condition was being speculated for a long time after fans became worried about his erratic behavior. After the album release party for 'Ye' in Wyoming, the 40-year-old rapper opened up about the condition.
In an interview with Big Boy, he shared, "I had never been diagnosed until I was 39. But like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower." During the interview, Kanye declined to specify what exactly he had been diagnosed with but confirmed the condition on his new album.
In his song 'Yikes' from the seventh track album, he revealed, "You see? You see? That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, That's why I f**k with Ye. See, that's my third person. That's my bipolar s**t, ni**a, what? That's my superpower, ni**a, ain't no disability. I'm a superhero! I'm a superhero!"
Additionally, the album's artwork was shot by Kanye himself, it features an image of the mountains with lime green text on it. The text reads, "I hate being bipolar it’s awesome." Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, wrote on social media, "Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party."
During the interview with Big Boy, Kanye admitted that he went back and re-worked his album after his very controversial TMZ appearance where he said, "Slavery is a choice". "It was just too sensitive" Kanye explained. The rapper added that he felt "so blessed and 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."
"Think about somebody that 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," he continued.
Before he edited the album, the rapper did have a reference to the controversial topic as well as how his wife Kim reacted after the interview was published on the track 'wouldn't leave'. "I said, ‘Slavery a choice,’ they say, ‘How, Ye?’ / Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day / Now I’m on 50 blogs gettin’ 50 calls / Wife calling screaming saying we’re about to lose it all / I had to calm her down ‘cos she couldn’t breathe / I told her she could leave me now but she wouldn’t leave. This is what they mean for better or for worse, huh?" he rapped.
Kanye's album 'Ye' is currently number one in 41 countries and many fans and followers have supported West's new album. The rapper took some time out to give a shoutout to his number one fan, his daughter North West.
One day after releasing his new album, Kanye shared an adorable video of his baby girl singing the chorus to his song "Make No Mistake". In the video clip that he posted, North can be seen holding on to a box of chocolate milk in the backseat of a car and singing, "Make no mistake, I still love you." Her proud papa simply captioned the clip with three heart-eyed emojis.