Kanye West: Celebrating independence and happiness

The Chicago rap icon opens up about his current state of mind
Rolling Loud California 2024
Rolling Loud California 2024 / Scott Dudelson/GettyImages

Kanye West, the enigmatic rapper and fashion designer, has had a tumultuous few years. From controversial remarks to legal troubles, his journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. However, in a recent interview with Hypebeast magazine, Kanye shared a surprising revelation:

"This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life."

In the interview, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, now going by the name "Ye," delved into his creative journey and the innovative systems he established to succeed. Ye's bold choice to venture into independence in both the fashion industry with the relaunch of YZY and the music realm with the release of VULTURES 1 (and the upcoming VULTURES 2 and 3) has brought about a profound transformation.

The idea of "systems" goes beyond Ye's narrative, serving as a testament to the ability to carve one's path and discover true fulfilment through staying true to oneself and embracing independence.

Despite facing adversity, Kanye West finds solace in self-sufficiency. He emphasized that happiness comes from being surrounded by loved ones and pursuing independent endeavors. Here’s what he had to say:

Throughout the year, he has prioritized spending time with loved ones and working independently.
This sense of autonomy and creative freedom has significantly impacted his overall well-being.

Kanye’s passion for music remains unwavering even after over two decades in the industry. He draws inspiration from the winds that both challenge and propel him forward.

Kanye beautifully analogizes himself to a bird that needs wind to fly. Challenges (like wind) are essential for growth, and he embraces them. His current single, “Carnival,” holds the top spot on global charts, fueling his drive and creativity

Kanye’s legal battles have been well-documented. Last month, he faced accusations of discrimination against Black employees at his Donda Academy.

A former security guard filed a lawsuit, claiming that Kanye mistreated Black staff. Demands related to hairstyles and outfits, along with banned books by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, were part of the allegations. Trevor Phillips, another former employee, accused Kanye of discrimination, harassment, and creating a hostile work environment. Despite these challenges, Kanye’s happiness remains intact.

Kanye West’s resilience, creativity, and commitment to independence define his current state of mind. As he celebrates his artistic freedom, he continues to shape the music industry and inspire fans worldwide. Whether flying against the wind or with it, Kanye’s journey remains captivating and full of surprises.