Sound Off: Crazy Kanye?

Cheers to a bonus blog post and Happy early Thanksgiving. I haven’t done a Sound Off since the election, but be sure to check that one out here. That’s one of my main goals of 2017 is to make this series more regular. At least a few a month. Ok, realistically, at least one a month. A few would be great though.

From the title you can see that I’ll be talking about Kanye, but on a different level. Let’s get real.

During Kanye’s last show on his Pablo tour, he called out Jay-Z, Beyoncè, & Drake, abruptly stopped the show, cancelled the rest of the tour, and to top it off, he’s been hospitalized. So is Kanye really crazy like everyone says? What the hell is wrong with him? Why is he cheating his fans who paid to see a show not a rant?

First off, let me be the first to say that Kanye is far from crazy. He’s quite intellectual and a lot of how he feels is put in his music. The music that, at this point, people just may not get. People just may not understand, but he does, and as an artist that’s all that matters. I mean, he has stans of fans that get it. Why else would they pay for his show or buy his merchandise? Some may argue that his fans are too blind to see that he’s crazy. Yet, he has support. Despite the negative media, he has support. People are ON HIS SIDE. (insert Tyra Banks screaming, “We were rooting for you!) Is that not enough?

I meant to do a post like this back in October in reference to Kid Cudi, but I never got around to it. Newsflash, in case you missed it, back in October Kid Cudi admitted himself into a rehab for depression and suicidal urges.


I recently read a tweet that I completely agree with in regards to the current state of Kanye. It was along the lines of Kanye’s rant coinciding with the loss of his mother. It’s that time of year as his mother passed in November 2007. Honestly, regardless of the month she passed, losing her hits harder during the holiday season in general. On top of that he’s juggling his marriage, being a father, being an artist. He could just be trying to find himself again which happens when you have so many different roles.

The expectation of perfection doesn’t allow you to deal with how you feel.

In the African-American culture, there’s really no such thing as depression. As someone who deals with depression/anxiety, I understand where Kanye is coming from, but some people don’t and never will.

“We’re all depressed.”

“We all have issues.”

“I’m stressed too.”

“You’re not the only one.”

“What do you mean you’re depressed?”

“You’re not depressed”

“You’ll be alright.”

“What’s wrong with you?”

“You’re just crazy.”

Some people find the idea of depression funny. A Los Angeles Times article titled, “Humor, Compassion, Conspiracy ,Scorn: The Internet Reacts to Kanye West’s Woes,” says it all.

How can someone like Kanye not be happy when you have all the money in the world? What could he possibly be ranting about?

It goes deeper than that. It could very well be that Kanye is grieving over his mother and his rant and calling out people, such as Jay-Z, is his way of dealing with it. Why Jay-Z? Well for Kanye who considers Jay-Z a friend and considers him as a big brother, with everything going on he just may feel deserted. When you think people are in your corner and when shit starts hits the fan and they’re M.I.A., you’d feel some type of way too.

Todd Tucker, husband of RHOA Kandi Burruss, gave his take on Kany via Instagram. He could not have written it any better.

I’m praying for Kanye as only those who have lost their moms would understand the pain, loneliness, confusion, lost of love for life, blame, and many other feeling that come with it. I’m 2 yrs in and I’m lost everyday. I pray that he gets the help he needs! Money, cars, clothes, Jewelry and other bullshit don’t fix this shit. Get better Kanye we need you.


There’s no worse feeling than feeling lost. He has it all to the public eye. A gorgeous wife, gorgeous children, an amazing career. What more could he possibly want? Can he just stop grieving already? Yeah, I went there.

If you really look back at the history of Kanye’s tirades, they all came after his mom. Not saying that they may not have come to light eventually, but his sporadic actions really began with his infamous Taylor Swift diss at the 2009 VMAs.

Instead of laughing and calling him crazy, pray for him and others like him. Depression is real whether you want to believe it or not.

Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group.  Depression is never a “normal” part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation. It causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.

Mental Health America

People that suffer from it need to be uplifted. Some may say well they don’t want to help themselves. That all ties into what they’re feeling. Depression can weigh you down to the point of wanting to do absolutely nothing. Hence why depression leads to suicidal thoughts. You feel worthless. Nothing brings you joy. There’s nothing to live for.

Not to make excuses, but clearly Kanye has some issues that he needs to work out. His personal issues have been making headlines for years. He may not have dealt with the loss of his mother and channels his emotions into his music instead. He and his wife Kim have the common ground of losing  a parent and that’s something that Kim could help him with. As someone who has lost a parent, it’s never something you get over. All you can do is learn to deal with it.

I really pray Kanye West finds peace within himself. That’s the ultimate happiness that money can’t buy.

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