Hip-hop journalist and syndicated radio show host turned author, Charlamagne Tha God, took to Instagram to announce that he will be sitting down with none other than Kanye West for the second time this year later this month. But this time around, the general public will be granted access to the conversation and the discussion will be less YEEZY-centric and will use Charlamagne’s new book, Shook One: Anxiety’s Playing Tricks On Me as the guiding premise for their open dialogue.
The two will be sitting down to discuss mental health, anxiety, PTSD, therapy and the norms of today’s socio-political climate which has had Kanye West in hot water over the past several months.
Kanye, who recently pushed back the release of his highly anticipated Yandhi album, has faced public backlash for his recent statements about abolishing the 13th amendment, his advocation for President Trump, and lackluster music curation that has disappointed long-time fans of his. This open discussion with Charlamagne Tha God could be an opportunity for the self-proclaimed musical genius to exhibit personal growth and provide his supporters with an educated point of view on today’s social issues, instead of the regurgitated ill-informed rhetoric and information he has been spewing since endorsing the now Head of State on stage during his Life of Pablo Tour in 2016.
It’s no secret that Kanye West has been struggling with mental health. Following the cancellation of the European leg of his Life of Pablo Tour, Kanye West checked himself into a Los Angeles hospital for sleep deprivation and exhaustion but later was held at the facility for mental evaluation. It wasn’t known until this year that Kanye had suffered from a mental breakdown and was prescribed drugs to help aid his chemical imbalance which he had revealed while on TMZ.
Fortunately, Charlagmane Tha God, who is a known associate of Kanye’s has been open about his struggles with mental health and anxiety and could be a useful asset to the musician turned designer. This public forum could be the beginning of what could possibly improve the general public’s understanding of who Kanye West is while providing the artist with the necessary awareness of the average person’s concerns and grievances with today’s society.
The Talk featuring Charlamagne Tha God x Kanye West will be hosted by New York Times journalist, Jon Caramanica with the event taking place October 10th at 7pm at The Town Hall in New York. Tickets for the discussion/promotional book tour stop are available, here.
Check out Charlamagne’s exclusive interview with the eclectic Kanye West that took place earlier this year at Ye’s home/YEEZY estate in Calabasas below.