The "Flashing Lights" rapper took to Twitter on Sunday to reflect on his "beautiful" past year. "I got to be myself and nobody had to 'let me,'" he wrote in a series of tweets. "I'm drug free and my spirit is connected. No weapon formed against us shall prosper."
West promised "new designs, new music, new ideas, renewed spirit," in the coming year. "2019 we’re already so thankful for the blessings in order," he said, adding "everything happens for a reason." "We appreciate all the real ones who made it through 2018 with us... Thank goodness for all of our fans and supporters... even the haters... haters are fans too."
2019 we’re already so thankful for the blessings in order
"So I think it's important for us to have... open conversations about mental health. Especially with me being black, because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approached taking medication," he said, noting that his headline-making appearance on TMZ in May showcased his "ramped up state." "And that's when you get these comments that just shoot out. Almost like Tourette's."
"There are some cases of bipolar where people go low, I'm one that goes high. Like Michelle Obama said, 'Go high,'" West continued. "[I don't have extreme periods of depression] because I just say it. I'll say it on real TV. Like, 'Oh, I thought about killing myself.' And then the thought is gone."
"[People] need to be able to express themselves without fear of judgement," he suggested. "What I love telling people is, like... I don't know anyone who f*cked up as much as I have, but is still as successful."