Kanye West is here to make mental illness cool again!
The rapper opened up about living with what he calls a “mental condition” in a recent interview with Big Boy TV, explaining how his eighth studio album gave him a platform to change people’s perceptions about mental illness.
Because while the rest of us may see depression or bipolar disorder as debilitating conditions that require constant care, Kanye sees them as superpowers — or… at least that’s how he sees his own mental state:
“I had never been diagnosed [with a ‘mental condition’] ’til I was like 39 years old…I think everybody got something. But, like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower.”
‘Ye definitely embraced this diagnosis on the new album, aptly titled ye. On the track Yikes, he rapped:
“That’s my bipolar shit, n***a what/That’s my superpower, n***a ain’t no disability/I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”
For the record, Kanye never specified if he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the interview, he said he was diagnosed with a “mental condition.”
But before you go thinking Yeezy’s just exploiting mental illness to sell some records, the 40-year-old said his eighth studio album is supposed to be an outlet for others struggling with similar conditions.
He continued, bringing up his controversial comments about slavery:
“Think about people that 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 somebody that does exactly what I did at TMZ and they just do that at work, but then Tuesday morning they come in, they lost their job and they can’t go back and make that. That’s why God put that on me at age 40.”
So fear not, people suffering from mental issues! You no longer have to hold in your possibly problematic thoughts because you can listen to Kanye’s instead!
As for his crazy thoughts, like when he mused about slavery being a choice in that explosive TMZ interview, Kanye said he knows the world will forgive him because we’re all one big universal “family”:
“I feel like as a son and as a family member of the world and that’s the reason why the world won’t let me go because I’m just a family member. They might disagree with me on certain shit, but I’m they family. I’ve been here for 15 years, 18 years and I feel like the best thing I can do is sit there and go in that studio and keep chopping that thing that only I know how to do and only me and my crew know how to do.”
We guess every family has its bipolar superhero?
Watch Uncle Yé’s full interview (below).