Mental health amongst women in the music industry isn’t new but the recent uptick of rappers and singers making their mental health struggles public is alarming. Nitty Scott MC, Kehlani, and SZA all have taken to social media to express their points of view in the past few months, and Azealia Banks is the most recent to share her story. In a heartfelt Facebook post she writes, "They joke and prod at you and say you need a doctor yet have no idea about the type of uncontrollable chaos that goes on inside your head. On top of arrogantly suggesting you need to be medicated, these people Have no idea how gnarly psych-drugs are." It seems that the nonstop criticism of her past antics have weighed heavy on her psyche, and combining that with preexisting conditions has made for a low moment for her from which we’re earnestly hoping she ascends from. We’re wishing her all the best in her road to recovery.
By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor