Kanye West is one of the most polarizing musicians of our generation. His music has been immensely successful, while his on stage antics and public tirades that seem to have no real basis in fact, have made him hated by many. I remember thinking that Kanye West must have Bipolar Disorder after his most recent album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" was released in 2010. The timing of the album along with it being the best of West's career so far, is what made me question if Kanye West has Bipolar Disorder. The content of the album is dark, emotional, and artistic all at the same time.
"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" was recorded under unusual circumstances. West escaped from the media spotlight after his now infamous tirade during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for winning the album of the year award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. This is just one of many tirades that Kanye West has had. In 2005, West said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during the relief show for Hurricane Katrina on NBC. He later apologized saying, "I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don't always chose the right words". This quote has mania written all over it. Manic people are known to say things that they later regret. West also made comments in 2007 about how we was not chosen to be the opener of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards because of his race.
Now in 2011, West has once again made controversial comments. West said, "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I’m f***ing insane, like I’m Hitler”, while performing at the Big Chill festival in England. What? Kanye West really just compared himself to Hitler. I'm pretty sure when people think about Hitler, they don't say "Hitler and Kanye West, the two most evil people in history". Kanye West just comes off as delusional, and this further emphasizes the argument.
Here are the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder that West has showed. He has immense creativity and artistic talent. West also has said many things that he has later regretted in his public appearances. This can be caused by the impulsiveness associated with Bipolar Disorder. West has also stated publicly that he has been suicidal. His comment saying that people look at him like he is Hitler comes off as paranoid and delusional. If you take the symptoms of impulsive manic outbursts and his lack of a filter when speaking, delusions and paranoia, suicidal idealization, and add in West's musical creativity, Bipolar Disorder fits.
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Kanye West's comments about George Bush below.