Kanye also touched on his infamous interview with TMZ from 2018, where he said slavery is a “choice.”
“They told me I was bipolar,” he said around 56:45. “I remember going on TMZ and saying, ‘Slavery is a choice,’ and they medicated me for saying that. For having that opinion and saying it out loud. As I put those contracts up, I’m saying, ‘This is a choice.’”
He described how around the time he made those comments on TMZ, he was also medicated by doctors. That year also saw the release of his album Ye, where he seemingly confirmed a bipolar disorder diagnosis on the song “Yikes”: “That's my third person/That's my bipolar shit, n***a what?/That's my superpower, n***a ain't no disability/I'm a superhero! I'm a superhero!”
At the time of the release, it was unclear if that was an admission of his diagnosis or if he was responding to widespread rumors about his mental health. On the night of the album’s listening session in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the rapper revealed that he was diagnosed with “a mental condition” when he was 39.