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Kim Kardashian West breaks silence on Kanye West’s mental health, asks for “compassion and empathy” – CBS News

Kim Kardashian West is addressing her husband Kanye West’s struggle with bipolar disorder in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The 43-year-old rapper’s mental health has come under increased scrutiny in recent days after he launched a potential bid for president and unleashed a series of bizarre statements and tweets. 

On Sunday, West hosted a campaign rally in South Carolina, which included controversial rants about Harriet Tubman and abortion. West did not end up making the filing deadline to appear on the South Carolina ballot. 

On Monday, he tweeted and deleted a series of late-night tweets, which took aim at both Kardashian West and her mother, Kris Jenner. 

In several Instagram Story posts Wednesday morning, Kardashian West opened up about how her husband’s mental health has affected him and their family. 

“Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how complicated and painful it is to understand,”  she wrote. “I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health.”

She said she decided to open up in order to destigmatize the condition and clear up some of the misconceptions about mental illness. 

“People who are unaware or far from removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try,” she wrote.

In a series of Instagram Story posts, Kim Kardashian opened up about Kanye West’s bipolar disorder.

Kim Kardashian / Instagram

She said that West will always be subject to criticism, but asked for “compassion and empathy” as her family grapples with his disorder. She also voiced her support for her husband. 

“He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder,” Kardashian West wrote. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”

Kardashian West said his disorder does not “diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some.”

“That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true,” she added. She concluded with a passionate plea to destigmatize talking about mental health and give “grace” to people struggling.

Kanye West spoke about his experience with bipolar disorder in an interview with David Letterman in May 2019.

“It is a health issue. This — it’s like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse,” West said in the interview, adding that he was under a doctor’s care.

Kanye West opens up about bipolar disorder


West has not specified which type of bipolar disorder he has been diagnosed with. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar I Disorder is characterized by manic episodes and symptoms, as well as depressive episodes. Bipolar II Disorder is defined by depressive and hypomanic episodes, but not “full-blown” manic episodes.

Another type, known as Cyclothymic Disorder, is characterized by depressive and hypomanic symptoms that last several years, but not shorter episodes. An individual may also be diagnosed with unspecified bipolar disorder if their symptoms do not match the other three types. 

For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email

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Producer OZ Breaks Down How DJ Khaled and Drake’s ‘POPSTAR’ & ‘GREECE’ Came Together – Billboard

With three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits to his name in less than two years, OZ (that’s O-Z) knows the stakes are raised with every production he attaches his name to — but the Turkish beat maestro won’t let that hamper his creativity.

This Friday (July 17), The 28-year-old bolsters his already-impressive 2020 run by notching a pair of production credits on Drake and DJ Khaled‘s hopeful summer anthems: “Greece” and “POPSTAR.”

“Greece” might sound familiar to 6 God faithful, as the lavish track leaked earlier this year. It sees Drake experimenting with higher-pitched vocals, while the Instagram caption-friendly “POPSTAR” is oozing with song of the summer potential, after finally coming to fruition nearly a year to the day OZ crafted the woozy beat.

Even after producing the Future-assisted “Life Is Good,” the ubiquitous “Toosie Slide,” and a pair of Dark Lane Demo Tapes cuts, OZ isn’t done just yet with more Drake collabs possibly on the horizon. He also names Travis Scott (“SICKO MODE” & “Highest in the Room”) and Meek Mill as artists he’s working alongside in 2020.

OZ hopes all of these musical victories eventually springboard him to his dream scenario of taking home producer of the year honors at the upcoming Grammy Awards, which he’s throwing his name into the mix for the Academy to consider. He’s been nominated in various categories over the past four years but has never hoisted the gilded gramophone.

Take a look at the rest of our interview with the Switzerland native, as he breaks down producing both of the new Drake and DJ Khaled collabs, paying Drizzy’s Toronto mansion a visit, his plans to win a Grammy, and more.

Billboard: How was your quarantine in Switzerland? Are things opening up over there?

OZ: Everything’s open and regular. There are a few rules with [wearing a] mask, but other than that, we even have clubs open.

You produced two records for Drake and DJ Khaled. Let’s start with how “Greece” came together.

I made the beat with Tiggi. He sent me a sample and I flipped his sample to make it more uptempo and clubby. I did the drums and then sent it to Drake. He had the beat and we didn’t know he was going to do something. A couple of weeks went by, and he sent the first idea back. From there, we knew it was about to be crazy. The vocals don’t sound like the other songs he has with me. I think Noel [Cadastre, Drake’s engineer] did Drake’s vocals. We started the song last fall and went back-and-forth on the production side.

How has your chemistry with Drake developed since getting your first placement with him on VIEWS to this year’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes?

The relationship really started last winter through my manager. We met for the first time last winter and I’ve been working on a daily basis and sending him all types of beats. I think he knows I’m not just making one type. I can make anything from R&B to hard rap beats and for the club. I’m always doing what I feel could be the next wave. The chemistry’s just perfect. He knows I work hard and he appreciates that.

He flew me out a couple of times last year. It was not like the other regular sessions we know about. It was more, go there and build a vibe. The first time was in Los Angeles — Drake rented a mansion for a bunch of producers on the same management team as me. The second time we met was in London when we went to see a couple of his shows. When his house was done, we were also in Toronto at the big mansion. The house is so big, I don’t know how many families could live there. He gave me the opportunity to work in his home studio and make beats, which was fresh inspiration for me. I would make beats and send them to his phone. When there was something he felt was fire, he’d let me know and we’d go from there.

Does it feel weird to have this song synonymous with Greece? Whenever you hear it, does it remind you of going out there?

When I hear this song, it gives me the feeling that I want to book my vacation right now and fly out to Greece. I want to be there on the beach, chilling, and listening to music. I don’t know if there’s a song out named after a country, but it’s different. Greece is a great place. When I hear the song, it puts pictures in my mind like a movie.

Could “POPSTAR” be your fourth No. 1 to top the Billboard Hot 100?

Who knows, maybe “Greece” or “Popstar?” “Greece” is kind of uptempo and emotional, but “Popstar” is a hard club record. It could definitely go to the No. 1 spot. If people could go to concerts right now, this would be a crazy record to hear live.

How was working with the production duo David x Eli on this track?

I made the beat last summer. I tweeted that I made it last July, and a year later it’s going to happen. I worked with David x Eli, they’re a producer team from Germany. I think they’re brothers. I always open sample packs from producers to see what kind of vibe I’m on. A lot of times, I’m too lazy to make my own samples, so I’ll use other producers to find a crazy melody. I love to collaborate with people. I ended up using their loop to take this to the next level.

A lot of your bigger records are working alongside other producers. Can you speak to what that collaborative process is like when creating?

It’s great to collaborate with other producers because everyone has a different ear. Somebody might come with a crazy melody with a sound I may have never thought about and then I’ll flip it. There are times I’ll do my own thing, like on “Toosie Slide” or “Time Flies,” which are records I made by myself, which feels great.

Are producers and artists treating you differently since all of your success? Is it easier to get placements now?

It’s hard nowadays, when you’re popping, a lot of people are asking for beats and rappers will hit me up like, “I need the pack!” You have to be ready. I take my time with my beats, but now I feel the pressure. I have to deliver more music, and people are hitting me up saying, “We need a hit too!” It’s kind of hard to make all the beats I make from scratch so I like to get co-signs from other producers sending me samples.

I’m always trying to find a new sound, I’m not just sitting here repeating samples. My records from the last 12 months are so many different vibes [“Gold Roses,” “Highest in the Room,” “Time Flies,” “Life Is Good,” “Toosie Slide”]. I definitely care about my sound so I don’t overproduce. I don’t overproduce and make trash-ass beats because I’m popping. You still have to make quality beats so you can stay up there.

In 2018 I thought I can‘t go higher after Sicko Mode was released. God really has plans with me. Life is good, God is great❤️

— OZ (@ozmusicproducer) July 15, 2020

Your manager told me you’re going to be submitted for producer of the year at the Grammy Awards. Is that something that has always been a goal of yours?

It has always been my dream to win producer of the year. Now that I’ve achieved all of this, it seems realistic that I could be nominated. I came this far and it’s really possible I could make my dream come true. I’ve been nominated the last four years on albums and records, but I’ve never won anything. It would be crazy if my first win is for producer of the year. That’s the highest I can get. I’d be honored, but I know there are so many other producers out there. I believe in me and my team, so I think we can make it happen.

Who are we going to see you working with the rest of 2020?

It’s always the same routine. Every year, I try to work with the same artists to get on their albums or make a classic song. My goal is to just keep going and make “another one.” I’m working with Drake, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Giveon.

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Ryan Hall breaks down ‘magic happy land’ fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 – MMA Fighting

When featherweight contender Ryan Hall looks at the UFC 249 main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, he’s as excited as the rest of us.

The highly-anticipated interim lightweight title fight takes place on Saturday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., behind closed doors.

Like most fans of the sport, Hall has a short list of fights he considers must-watch television. For The Ultimate Fighter 22 winner and acclaimed Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Ferguson versus Gaethje checks all the boxes.

“If you could make one of my magic happy land fights, this is obviously going to be one of those,” Hall told MMA Fighting while appearing on What the Heck. “I’m a big Gaethje fan and I’m a big fan of Tony Ferguson.”

Ferguson enters the fight tied with undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the longest active win streak in the UFC at 12. “El Cucuy” doesn’t consider the fight an “interim” title fight, but rather his third title defense since submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of the UFC 226 main event in October 2017.

Hall, who’s unbeaten in four octagon appearances, sees the dangers Ferguson brings into all of his fights, UFC 249 included.

“Tony’s ability in scrappiness, playing off of his back, he’s long and he’s creative and, in certain regards, is a little wild, and that makes him such a wild card,” Hall said. “I still remember this picture that was going around and it showed the faces of all of the people that have fought Tony Ferguson in the last while and you go, ‘Holy moly. They look like they’ve been in a slasher film.’

“It’s not like it is not a tough group of people. Tony can sometimes absorb some damage as well, but I think one of the things that makes him so offensively dynamic is that he is out there. You can find him and you can hit him a little bit, but at the same time, when he gets going, he’s overwhelmingly offensively effective. He’s dangerous from all positions, always attacking, always moving and obviously has the heart of a champion.”

After suffering the only two losses of his career to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, Gaethje has been on a tear. “The Highlight” lived up to his moniker in his three previous fights with first-round finishes of James Vick, Edson Barboza and Donald Cerrone.

While the skill sets may be different, Hall is fascinated with the under-the-radar similarities between the two.

“Gaethje is so similar in that regard,” Hall said. “They just use a different set of tools. He’s obviously physically different. I know that Tony can wrestle pretty well, himself. It’s something that doesn’t come up as often – not in an obvious sense in a lot of his fights.

“Seemingly, Gaethje uses his wrestling more in reverse to stop people from stopping him from Justin Gaethje-ing them. In older fights, I’ve seen highlights of him just launching guys. I think was an All-American, D-1, so you know he can definitely wrestle.”

Currently, Ferguson is a slight favorite over his dangerous counterpart. The winner of the fight likely has a date with Nurmagomedov later this year in a title unifier.

Hall is mum on an official prediction. He approaches the fight with a coin-flip mentality.

“It’s really difficult to pick,” he said. “MMA is such an interesting sport, because there’s so many ways to win and so many ways to lose that it’s so volatile by nature compared to a basketball game or even a boxing match, which is relatively sterile. I think, in a lot of ways, people haven’t really figured out a way to fight MMA in a way that limits that volatility. That’s something Floyd Mayweather has done brilliantly in boxing, and that’s something that doesn’t resonate with the average fan, or even the average competitor.

“We watch [Mayweather’s] method and we watch his success over the years and think, ‘Oh, man, there’s obviously something to this Floyd guy.’ When he gets touched, or when he gets in trouble, he has the grit of an Arturo Gatti when he needs it. He just turns that on and off.

“This fight [between Ferguson and Gaethje] is unbelievable because both of these guys are there to put you away. I really love the way Gaethje approaches the game because – he doesn’t say it – but I think a lot of people pretend to be Justin Gaethje, and they aren’t. They’re like, ‘I’m gonna get you, I’m gonna knock you out and you can never knock me out,’ and he doesn’t say stuff like that. He says, basically, ‘If you don’t knock me out, you’re gonna have a really rough night. But I didn’t say you couldn’t, I just don’t think you can. We’ll find out.’

“I think he’s as mentally tough as anybody out there. He stands behind his words, and he’s an unbelievably entertaining fighter, a super skillful dude. I’m excited as a fan to see this one.”

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