West also announced that he hasn’t abandoned his plans to run for president in 2020.
Kanye West has admitted that his 2015 Glastonbury headline set put him in a “depressed state”.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on Sunday (July 31), West said that he started off the show and “completely messed up the music. And me, as you can imagine by this phone call, I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” He was forced to restart his set after comedian/prankster Lee Nelson invaded the stage at the start of ‘Black Skinhead’.
“So it really put me into a slightly depressed state and it put me back in the position of when I was in high school and I got fired from my job, or when I played my music for R. Kelly and he told me he was going to sign me and then three months later I didn’t have any money I couldn’t afford a haircut, I couldn’t take my girlfriend to the movies and I’m still in my momma’s bedroom, working on beats and I was that close to being signed by R. Kelly…I don’t usually get nervous, I prepare, I get fully prepared.”
He continued: “When that music messed up in the beginning it tapped into my nerves and when you’re nervous or vulnerable something special and something different can happen.”
In the same interview, the rapper also revealed that he hasn’t abandoned his plans to run for president in 2020 and explained the reasoning behind his decision. “We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July … we’re numb to places on the Earth that we don’t live – like our life is okay but it’s okay for other people’s lives to not be okay.”
“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views, I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.”
Tune into BBC Radio 1 at 7pm GMT tonight to hear the full interview.