The rapper released a new album on Wednesday, “All Day,” and it was released after he spent much of last year on hunger strike, refusing to eat.
He has since been hospitalized and released from a hospital.
In an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, West said he did not intend to go to prison for his hunger strike.
Instead, he said, he was motivated by the fear of losing control of his music career if he remained on the path he was on.
“I feel like this is a very selfish and self-destructive thing to do,” he said.
“If you go out, you might as well be a robot.
If you go in and say, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ it might as yet kill you.
I think it’s better to have the ability to live as if you have some control of your life than to feel like you have no control at all.”
The hunger strike began in September 2016, after West announced he would be releasing a new music album this month.
He was later released from prison in early December.
West is one of the most popular rappers in the world, with a following of millions.
The hip-hop star, known for his rhymes and rapping style, has made headlines for controversial remarks, including the remarks about Black Lives Matter.
Last year, he became a symbol for the movement, and protesters took to the streets to demand he be fired from his label, Def Jam Recordings.