Kanye West reveals the reason he started taking medication

Kanye West has revealed that his negative experiences with the paparazzi are the reason he started taking medication.

The Chicago rap mogul, who has been laying relatively low in recent weeks after being a lightning rod for controversy last year made the revelation during an eventful meeting with a cameraman on Tuesday (January 24).

Ye left a tanning salon in Los Angeles with him new wife, Yeezy architect Bianca Censori, when a paparazzo started filming them. After seeing him, West approached the cardboard man and told him to stop recording because he finds it “antagonistic”.

The cameraman pleaded with Kanye by telling him that he “just needs[s] this one shot,” to which Ye replied, “No, you got the shot, but I’m saying…You don’t even know! You just jump on people like that.”

Kanye then let his guard down somewhat and opened up to the cameraman about his longstanding problems with the paparazzi, admitting that they were the ones that led to him is prescribed medication.

“You know why it was the first time I took medicine? Because I got mad at the paparazzi,” he explained. “Do you know which paparazzi that was? The same one that shot Britney [Spears]. My father photographed for newspapers. It has to be some kind of balance, some kind of conversation.”

He added, “I can’t live in California for the life of me like I’m some kind of caged animal to be judged in front of glass.”

After asking the cameraman who he works for, to which he responded by saying he’s “independent” but provides content to “the media,” Kanye called for celebrities to be compensated for the photos the paparazzi take of them.

“The media has no right to like, boom, show up. We have no idea. And then I have nothing to say about the shot,” he said. “You all find where we are, you all take this picture – what percentage of the money do we get from the pictures?

“None of them. For years I need to find out all the information about how it actually works, so if I just want to go out and drive around and not have to worry about paparazzi, then I do.”

Yeezy also touched his previous stay in anger managementand said, “At this point I’ve served too many years in the game, I’ve been in anger management – I’m not in that life anymore…But when you get all the pictures and stuff, it’s like… it doesn’t work for me.”

He added: “It’s not right and just because it’s been that way for a long time doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way.”

The conversation became even more tense when the cameraman admitted that while the ethics of his work are open to debate, “in the state of California, it’s real.”

“Nah, it’s not in the state of California,” Kanye said. “You thought, ‘I stopped,’ but you’ve already taken the picture.”

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Ye then moved closer to the cameraman while threatening to grab his camera. “My image is no longer up to you. If I take your camera, is it up to me? Do you want to delete the pictures?” he asked.

“No, I need them,” replied the cardboard man, to which Kanye responded by asking him if he owns the rights to the images. “Actually, I have the rights to the photos,” he replied.

Stepping even closer to the cameraman, Kanye said, “So what happens if I take your camera right now?”

“I wouldn’t like that. Please don’t do this. I’ll walk away and we’ll all be fine,” the cardboard man replied uncomfortably as he began to back away.

“Oh, but do I want it? Do I like you all doing this to me all the time?” Ye barked as he walked back to his car. “Let all the paparazzi know it’s up!”

As one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, Kanye West has had a long and contentious history with the paparazzi. Perhaps his most famous brush came in 2013, when he got into a fight with a cameraman outside Los Angeles International Airport.

Footage of the altercation showed Ye struggling with the photographer, Daniel Ramos, as he tried to take his camera out of his hands. The rapper asked Ramos to leave him alone, but his request was ignored.

The GOOD Music founder was charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to two years probationalong with anger management and community service, after participating in a no contest.

Ramos also sued Kanye for assault, battery, negligence and interference with his civil rights, claiming he injured his right hip in the melee. That case was settled shortly before it was due to go to court.

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