While hip-hop fans await the arrival of Kanye West’s long-dealyed album Yandhi, the Yeezy shoe creator broke down why he doesn’t want to be called crazy in a new interview with Forbes.
Circling back to 2016, West was target practice for media outlets. West tweeted that he was about $53 million dollars in debt and asked Mark Zuckerberg for a $1 billion dollar investment into his ideas. The 42-year-old rapper canceled the back half of his Saint Pablo Tour, but not before accusing his mentor Jay-Z of attempting to assassinate him. Then, Yeezy checked into a Los Angeles hospital, where he was placed on a psychiatric hold.
“’Crazy’ is a word that’s not gonna be used loosely in the future,” West said. “Understand that this is actually a condition that people can end up in, be born into, driven into and go in and out. And there’s a lot of people that have been called that ‘C’ word that have ended up on this cover.”
In addition, the rapper-turned-fashion-designer said that he sees his diagnosis as a superpower that unlocks his imagination.
In three years time, West has focused most of his attention on shoe design, with the Yeezy shoe line expected to eclipse $1.5 billion in sales in 2019. According to Forbes, West, himself, made $150 million within the last 12 months.
While hip-hop fans want more Yeezy music, we’re glad it appears Yeezy the shoe line, and more importantly, that West the person is flourishing.
You can read the full Forbes story here.