COULD HIP-HOP STAR LIT­ER­ALLY BE OFF HIS MEDS?

National Post (Latest Edition) - - ARTS & LIFE - Sadaf Ah­san, Na­tional Post

Kanye West has been gath­er­ing as much at­ten­tion for his re­cent melt­downs as he has for his new record, but what if the rea­son for his be­hav­iour is caused by men­tal health is­sues? West’s lat­est al­bum, The Life of Pablo, in­cludes lyrics that sug­gest the rap­per is on anti- de­pres­sants. Al­though the stigma of “crazi­ness” at­tached to med­i­ca­tion has its own risks, many have pointed out the track Feed­back as ev­i­dence of West’s men­tal health. On it, he raps, “I been outta my mind a long time,” then adding “Name one ge­nius that ain’t crazy.” What prove more rel­e­vant, how­ever, are th­ese lyrics from FML: “You ain’t never seen noth­ing cra­zier than this n— a when he off his Lexapro.” Lexapro is a com­mon an­tide­pres­sant that treats de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

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