Kanye West sat down with BBC Radio1’s Annie Mac over the weekend to discuss all the things we needed to kick off our Monday morning. First things first, that 2020 bid for president was just a joke — sort of, kind of, not really.
“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,” he says of his surprise announcement at the 2015 MTV VMAs last August. “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.”
West announced he’d run for president during the awards show, and during a follow-up interview with SHOWSstudio’s In Camera last fall, the rapper elaborated on his White House takeover plans.
“I would like to sit with engineers and come up with solutions and alternatives for people without opportunity that end up having to go through desperatemeasures, who feel like life isn’t worth living, or that other people’s lives don’t matter,” he explained. “I thinkthe way I collaborate with people, the way that I empower the people I collaboratewith —[it’s] a different way to problem-solve than anormal political way. I want to just ask questions.”
To be fair, West’s bid doesn’t sound like the most outrageous that we’ve heard. In fact, it may also be one of the most compassionate.
“We are numb. We’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year. We’re numb to the fact that there were seven police shootings in the beginning of July,” he told Mac. “We’re numb to places on the earth that we don’t live. Like, our life is OK but it’s OK for other people’s lives to not be OK.”