Kanye West hospitalised: Artists speak out after reports rapper is suffering from 'exhaustion'

The rapper's public behaviour had been increasingly erratic

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 22 November 2016 10:55
Kanye West
Kanye West

Musicians are rallying around Kanye West after reports that the rapper has been admitted to hospital with 'exhaustion'.

Following a week of increasingly erratic behaviour at his shows in the US and controversy over admitting that he admired President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, it was announced that West had cancelled the entire remainder of his Saint Pablo tour.

According to US media, West was taken to hospital following an emergency services call on Monday following the news of the cancelled tour.

Police confirmed to the BBC that they had received a "disturbance call" on Monday afternoon but did not name the singer.

Since his onstage outbursts, several artists have come forward in support of West and to urge people to show compassion during what is clearly a difficult time.

American hip hop artist Talib Kweli Greene tweeted asking West to "come home", calling him a "genius" and an "icon" but denouncing his apparent support for Trump.

Singer and model Janelle Monáe shared the following post:

Actor Emile Hirsch told West to "get better" and sympathised with any ongoing mental health issues.

Kid Cudi, who was checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges in early October, also posted a message of thanks to those who sent their thoughts during his difficult time, including West.

Meanwhile Snoop Dogg voiced his confusion following West's recent rants where he called Donald Trump a "genius" for his campaign; urged former friend Jay Z to "call me, bro"; and said he was "hurt" because Beyonce supposedly said she would not perform at a certain show (presumed to be the Grammys) unless she won Video of the Year over him.

Posting a video on Instagram, Snoop Dogg said: "That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

Enjoy unlimited access to 70 million ad-free songs and podcasts with Amazon Music Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

"He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?"

According to Forbes magazine, West has earned around $17.5 million this year, placing him at 11th on the list of hip hop's highest paid stars.

But the magazine also predicted that teh cancellation of his tour would lose him around $10m. Fortune magazine claimed that the figure was likely to be around $30m, citing a Bloomberg report of West's earnings of $1.4 million per night from ticket sales alone.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in