Kanye West has had a rough couple of years, with his mother Donda West suddenly passing away in 2008 and the backlash following his stage-crashing antics at the 2009 MTV VMAs. But apparently, the personal strife took a much stronger toll than one would expect.

Last night during a Los Angeles screening of his 35-minute film 'Runaway,' the Chi-town native revealed that he had thought about killing himself, but abandoned the suicidal thoughts after realizing how important he was to pop culture. "There's so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard," he said. "I do it for them."

'Ye, who referred to himself as a "soldier for culture," retreated from the spotlight following Taylorgate in September 2009. After his meltdown, he headed over to Japan and then Rome where he interned at Fendi in an attempt to humble himself.

Now, Kanye is on the road to recovery, releasing a free track every week as part of his G.O.O.D. Friday campaign to give music to the people. The 33-year-old rapper is gearing up for the release of his fifth studio album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' hitting stores November 22.

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