‘The Breakfast Club’ radio DJ and the rapper were due to come together to discuss issues surrounding mental health at a TimesTalk event held at New York’s Town Hall on October 17.
However, speaking about the event on a post on Instagram, Charlamagne Tha God announced that the event had been cancelled and added: “Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he’s been so vocal about his own mental health struggles.”
He added: “Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community.”
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"Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he's been so vocal about his own mental health struggles. Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community."- ME.
Charlamagne Tha God originally announced the talk on his Instagram page, sharing a poster for the event. “Oct 17: Join me for a @timestalkswith @kanyewest about Anxiety, Therapy, PTSD and all the other Mental Health stuff we don’t discuss enough,” he wrote in the caption. “Also discussing my new book #ShookOne “Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me” moderated by @joncaramanica of the @nytimes. Buy tickets before they’re gone link in my bio!!!”
According to an official synopsis for the event, the pair were due to “talk about how to break free from your fears and anxiety in order to reach the next level of success.” Tickets cost between $102-$127 (£79-£98) and can be purchased here.
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for West. First, West announced a new album, titled ‘Yandhi’, would be released on Saturday (September 29), to coincide with his appearance on the season premiere of SNL. The record failed to materialise and was instead pushed back to November.
The rapper revealed he planned to finish recording the album in “what is known as Africa”. “I need to go, I need to find out what it’s really called,” he said. “Just grab the soil and be and cook food, five meals a day so the metabolism stays up, have my kids in the studio, and have the mic in the open so you can hear nature while we’re recording.”
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His recent appearance on SNL sparked headlines when he gave another pro-Trump speech. The moment was unaired but was captured by Chris Rock on his Instagram Story. The show’s Kenan Thompson likened the moment to the rapper taking the cast “hostage”.
Then there was his meeting with US President Donald Trump, where West gave an explosive ten-minute speech. Following this, West closed all his social media accounts before returning to Twitter with a rant about mind-control.
Speaking directly to the camera, West said, “I just wanna talk about mind control. You know when people try to influence you through social media and try to tell you what to do, or if people post something that’s positive on Instagram it gets taken down if it’s not part of a bigger agenda. That’s, like, mind control…That’s the poison that’s happening with social media.”