Kanye West Talks About ‘Being Bipolar’ in New Album
Kanye West dropped his new album, “ye,” on Friday after a small launch party in the mountains of Wyoming Thursday night. While fans have speculated about his mental health, West confirmed he has bipolar disorder on his new album.
West shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the launch party, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted on Friday. Over a picture of mountains, West wrote, “I hate being Bi-Polar. It’s awesome.” On the track “Yikes,” West calls bipolar disorder his superpower and says it “ain’t no disability.” He also mentions taking his medications and going off them.
In April, fans wondered if West was experiencing a manic episode because of “erratic” tweeting. The rapper tweeted about everything from his support for President Trump to his shoe brand over a short time period. Some people equated his support for Trump to mental illness.
“You’re allowed to criticize West’s comments, but it’s unfair to assume West’s views are influenced by being ‘bipolar’ or experiencing a manic state,” Sarah Schuster, The Mighty’s mental health editor, wrote of West’s “erratic” tweeting. “Even if he did stop taking medication and was currently manic, that fact alone shouldn’t be what sparks criticism.”
Fans and others on Twitter had mixed reviews on West’s lyrics about bipolar disorder and the album’s cover.
Disregarding all of his other issues, the cover of Kanye’s album is so disrespectful I don’t care if he has bipolar disorder or not he’s promoting an uniformed idea of the disorder that is stereotypical and incorrect.
— k (@kelsogarcia) June 1, 2018
Torn about listening to Kanye but it’s goooood. When he says his bipolar is not a disability but a superpower… ???????? yes ????????
— Alexa Martinez (@alexa_rae4) June 1, 2018
I don’t know how to feel about Kanye calling bipolar a superpower. Engaging with mania instead of medicating and suppressing it can get you killed.
— james joyce da 5’6” (@headbandhapa) June 1, 2018
Bipolar disorder, as misunderstood as it already is, doesn’t make you say or do the specific dangerous things Kanye’s said & done. He can’t blame his bipolar for the slavery comment, the Trump support, the Whitney photo & so forth.
— pao (@LimeARitaOra) June 1, 2018
Kanye said, “I hate being bipolar, it’s awesome.”
I felt that. ????
— Daijah (@Daibellaaa) June 1, 2018
You can find West’s new album on Spotify.
Image via Creative Commons/Jason Persse