Kanye West: I considered suicide
Kanye West has admitted that he thought about killing himself - but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art.
Describing himself as a pop icon and "soldier for culture," the rapper told an audience including Morgan Spurlock, Ryan Phillippe, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz at the Los Angeles screening of his film Runaway "there were times that I contemplated suicide".
But he vowed: "I will not give up on life again."
"There's so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard" as loudly as his, Kanye claimed. "I do it for them."
Kanye, who didn't say when he had considered suicide, is credited as director of the abstract 35-minute film, which features portions of nine new songs, boldly colourful visuals and off-kilter camera angles.
The movie includes narration from rapper Nicki Minaj, and Kanye's next single, All Of The Lights - which he said features Elton John on piano and an all-star chorus including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fergie and John Legend - plays over scenes including a marching band and a float depicting Michael Jackson.
Kanye said that after a "long, hard year," he'd found his "creative sweet spot". Besides his mother Donda West's death in 2007, Kanye said he'd also lost three other parental figures in the last three years.
"Everything has been taken away from me," he said. "I'm so not ... scared. I so don't care."
After the Taylor Swift incident last year, which he called "a moment of sincerity," Kanye took a six-month break.
Kanye said he moved to Rome and "was interning at Fendi" before finding the inspiration to get back to music.