Kanye West talks new album, mental health in new interview

Big Boy speaks to Kanye West.
Big Boy speaks to Kanye West. Photo credit: Big Boy/YouTube

Kanye West has opened up about his new album ye and his mental health in a candid new interview.

In an interview with US radio host Big Boy at his album launch in Wyoming, West said he called his eighth studio album ye because it's the most common word in the Bible.

"I believe ye is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means 'you,' so I'm you, I'm us, it's us. It went from Kanye, which means the only one, to being ye - just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything. The album is a reflection of who we are."

West said he rewrote the entire album after the reaction to his controversial statement in May when he told TMZ slavery was choice.

"I'm so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can't go and make that [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 Tuesday morning, they come in and they lost their job and they can't go back and make that.

The rapper also revealed that he was diagnosed with a "mental condition" at age 39. He is now 40. The cover of the album contains the phrase, "I hate being Bi-Polar / its awesome [sic]".

"Like I said on the album, it's not a disability, it's a superpower."

He also spoke about using music as an outlet, whether or not people agree with his politics.