Kanye West Explains Why He Announced His Presidential Candidacy for 2020

The 2016 presidential race has turned out to be one of the craziest yet; and if all goes according to Kanye West’s plan, 2020 is going to be even more insane.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on Sunday, Kanye revealed he hasn’t abandoned his plans to run for office. If you remember, it was the plan he announced while receiving the MTV Video Vanguard Award last year. Well, the Chicago rapper explained the reasoning behind the bold statement and what motivated him to declare his bid.

“We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July … we’re numb to places on the Earth that we don’t live – like our life is okay but it’s okay for other people’s lives to not be okay,” he explained to BBC via telephone. “When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views, I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.”

Kanye’s explanation touched on a very important issue, which makes us wonder: Is he serious about his candidacy? Being the leader of the free world is one of the most demanding jobs, and we’re not sure how he’ll find the time to run an entire country with so much on his plate. We’re talking music, tours, being a father of two, and a slew of design projects.

During the interview, Kanye spoke about his collaboration with adidas and how he intends to deliver a shoe that costs less than $30. He also mentioned his rumored collaboration with IKEA.

“I have to work with IKEA—make furniture for interior design, for architecture and I know that if I do a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm where the TV goes on the side of the wall,” he said. “Yo IKEA, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes—I want more products from Ye.”

He also dished on his appearance at 2015’s Glastonbury festival, and how his flawed performance put him in a state of depression as well as brought up emotions he hasn’t felt in years.

“I started off the show and I completely messed up the music. And me, as you can imagine by this phone call, I’m a bit of a perfectionist,” he said. “So it really put me into a slightly depressed state and it put me back in the position of when I was in high school and I got fired from my job, or when I played my music for R. Kelly and he told me he was going to sign me and then three months later I didn’t have any money I couldn’t afford a haircut, I couldn’t take my girlfriend to the movies and I’m still in my momma’s bedroom, working on beats and I was that close to being signed by R. Kelly […] I don’t usually get nervous, I prepare, I get fully prepared. When that music messed up in the beginning it tapped into my nerves and when you’re nervous or vulnerable something special and something different can happen.”

To read other highlights from the interview—including The Life of PabloEuropean tour, avoiding personal debt, and which food Kim Kardashian refuses to cook for him—go to HipHop-N-More. The BBC Radio 1interview will air Monday at 7 p.m. in the United Kingdom.


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