During an uplifting performance of the duos song “We Made It In America” Kanye was inspiring his audience, asking them to fight for their dreams and not give up. He then became emotional and confessed to the entire audience of the Los Angeles Staples Center that three years ago, after his mother passed away, he was on the brink of suicide.
The crowd was shocked to hear this news. His mom died in November of 2007, and afterwards Kanye went into a depression admitting that he never took time to grieve properly. It wasn’t until the Taylor Swift “incident” and people lashing out at Kanye for being outrageously honest at the 2009 MTV VMA’s that Kanye realized that he needed to get out of LA and out of the music scene for a while.
Now that he’s back, Kanye’s inspiring his fans with this message. During last night’s “Watch The Throne” show he made the admission about the suicidal thoughts and then told audiences, “people tell you to always be humble, humble, humble, [but] when's the last time anyone told you to be amazing, great, or awesome?"
Later in the show, when he performed “Heartless” audiences could see tears falling down his face.
This isn’t the first time that Kanye has been candid about his dark thoughts in the past. This time last year Kanye debuted his short film for the song “Runaway” off his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album and at an LA screening of the flick he first told audiences that he “contemplated suicide” in 2007.
However, he then said that he’s past those thoughts, “I will not give up on life again,” says West, “There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard…I do it for them.”
Now Kanye is back on track and churning out a whirlwind tour with his idol and mentor Jay-Z. The duo’s collaborative album “Watch The Throne” debuted over the summer in the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart and was critically lauded as one of the best albums of the year.
During last night’s concert stop, Kanye kept telling the audience how he still can’t believe he’s working with his idol, Jay-Z. Kanye told stories to the audience of how he “grew up watching [Jay-Z’s] ‘Big Pimpin’’ music video” on television and now the two of them are performing side by side.