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Damon Dash has insisted Kanye West is not “crazy” and dismissed Kim Kardashian's comments that her husband is in the midst of a "complicated" and "painful" bipolar episode.

In an interview with the New York Post's Page Six column, Dash, who is currently ensconced with the rapper at his Wyoming ranch while working on West's new album, insisted the Mercy star is "cool" and "tired but he's happy".

Fears were raised for the rapper's health on Sunday following his appearance at a campaign rally for his presidential bid in South Carolina, where he appeared onstage wearing a bulletproof vest, attacked slavery activist icon Harriet Tubman and sobbed as he claimed he and Kim almost aborted their first child.

“People think he lost his mind just because he cried," Dash said. "The way he lost his mind and jumped on a jet and then jumped off the jet to come back to his 40,000-acre ranch? Yeah, I’d like to lose my mind like that.”

He continued: “We are praying, we are working. People think like we are in an insane asylum (but) we got an album coming out.”

In a statement shared on Wednesday, Kim asked for “compassion” for her husband as he battles his “painful” bipolar disorder.

When Dash was asked about the Kardashian family’s concerns for West, he answered abruptly, “I don’t give a f**k about none of that. I see him — he’s cool. I don’t give a f**k what they say. He’s a little tired but he’s happy," adding West is “productive” and “having fun.”

West sent a series of rambling tweets this week, including one that claimed Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, tried to get him “locked up.”

However, Dash has insisted the music star is "going to be all right".

“Why are you talking about (his mental health)? He’s in a big room with 40 different companies. Ideas development. It’s a laboratory going on over here. Just think of Willy Wonka," he said referencing Roald Dahl's eccentric chocolatier from the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“People watched the rally and think he’s crazy, but that’s how the average person thinks. Everyone that listens to him (who thinks) he’s crazy is not a billionaire. But (for) some reason Elon Musk doesn’t think he’s crazy. I don’t think he’s crazy."

Mausiki Scales, keyboardist and founder/musical director of the celebrated Atlanta-based afrobeat/funk ensemble, Common Ground Collective has laucnhed "WestWest Africa"

This is Mausiki's second solo project, which he wrote, arranged and produced. Vocalists on the project include the talented Julie Dexter, Brenda Nicole Moorer and Akua Taylor. "WestWest Africa" also highlights the musicianship of Russell Gunn, Tavius Elder, Morgan Guerin, Kebbi Williams, Quinn Masonry, Ra Flautista, Alex Jones, Ali Barr, Edgar Clark Jr., Reginald Starling, and Kenton Bostick.

WestWest Africa is a creation story expressed through music; it is an ode to the bridge between the spirit of the West African ancestors who endured the trans-Atlantic slave trade and their children in the Diaspora. The album incorporates the Jazz-fusion, Funk, and African rhythms for which Mausiki has become known.

Featured singles include “Kaleidoscopic Universe” released in February, in tandem with an infectious remix by Atlanta’s own DJ Kemit. This summer, the second single, “Let the Drum Remind You” hit the airwaves, followed by a sumptuous remix from Detroit born, ATL resident and world-renowned DJ/Producer Kai Alcé.

Created at a time when he was feeling deeply inspired to explore the cultural ties between his family and his ancestors, Scales likens this album to “the sound of community in dialogue with a griot. I take deep pride in capturing the resilience of my ancestors and translating that into sound--allowing the musicians and the audience to experience, even briefly, life beyond the ordinary." According to scholar and arts critic Michael Simanga, Scales’ music deeply connects to the “African spirit and the centuries-old exchange of experiences between African people in the Diaspora.”

The album brings a positive sacred energy and messaging throughout, that is rarely heard or felt in some of present-day music and is definitely needed in these times. Mausiki's Common Ground Collective have performed in numerous celebrations, concerts and special events throughout Africa and the Americas, including Ghana's Golden Anniversary Celebration, the National Black Arts Festival, Funk Jazz Café, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

They have also collaborated with artists such as Roy Ayers, Les Nubians, Babatunde Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets and Third World. 

The 46-year-old pop star believes she's been seen as a symbol of "ladette culture" since the 90s, but in reality, Melanie actually sees herself as "quite quiet" and "really gentle".

She shared: "I had this tomboy image and I loved my football, people thought I was a bit mouthy, a bit loud, part of that ladette culture.

"And, you know, I'm really quite quiet, and I'm really gentle. That was hard for me for a few years. I found it really confusing."

Melanie underwent therapy for clinical depression in the early 2000s.

And the chart-topping singer also admits that the arrival of her 11-year-old daughter Scarlet proved to be a turning point in her life.

She told the BBC: "Being a mum was so liberating because for the first time in my adult life, it wasn't all about me.
"It made me not only realise I had a huge responsibility to her but I have a huge responsibility to myself. In being her teacher, I had to treat myself better."

Melanie has been having to teach Scarlet at home amid the coronavirus crisis, and she's confessed they've managed "the bare minimum" in recent months.

The singer explained: "I hate it. My little girl's pretty smart but she just can't be bothered. And you know, someone said quite early on in this whole thing: 'Think about how difficult it is, as an adult to motivate yourself at home - so imagine being a kid.' After that I thought, 'OK, that's good. As long as she's doing something, it's better than nothing.'


50 Cent has reached out to fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion to apologise for sharing memes following her shooting incident.

Reports suggested the Savage rapper was barefoot when she was shot at a Hollywood Hills party earlier this month and took off in a vehicle with Tory Lanez, who was later arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

The Hot Girl Summer hitmaker confirmed in an emotional Instagram Live video on Monday that she was shot in both feet and required surgery to get the bullets out.

In Da Club star 50, real name Curtis Jackson, later reposted a clip taken from her broadcast, showing Megan expressing her frustration over people "painting fake-a*s narratives" about the altercation, and he apologised for sharing two memes that made light of the event.

"Damn I didn’t think this s**t was real, It sounded so crazy," the rapper captioned the clip. "@theestallion I’m glad your feeling better and I hope you can accept my apology. I posted a meme that was floating around. I wouldn’t have done that if I knew you was really hurt. Sorry."

The apology comes after Megan called out Draya Michele for making light of the situation, after the former Basketball Wives LA star made a joke about what may have allegedly gone down between her and rumoured boyfriend Lanez.

Model Chrissy Teigen also apologised and made her Twitter account private after joking about Megan following the shooting.

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