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‘6 Months Off Meds I Can Feel Me Again’

In tweets about abandoning psychiatric medication for his art, Kanye West promotes a dangerous myth about creativity.
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Kanye West has been tweeting again.

Last weekend, the always provocative rapper posted several dozen times on Twitter, which is often his public megaphone of choice. Many of the tweets concerned a topic that has been central to both his creative output and his public persona: his mental health. West, who revealed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2017, declared he had been off his medication for six months, for the good of his music. “I cannot be on meds and make watch the throne level or dark fantasy level music,” he said in one. and , a collaboration with Jay-Z, are two of West’s most beloved albums.

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