Kanye West’s birthday yesterday saw him and wife Kim Kardashian celebrating his 39 years in the best way they know how, by posting a message of love on a mobile app. Other Kardashian family members followed by posting messages on their own apps, and Kris Jenner took the message all the way to Instagram. Perhaps Kanye looks at these behind-the-scenes apps as much as the Kardashian family’s rabid fan base and the paparazzi. If not, he probably missed the messages.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 9, 2016
But that’s okay, because also in celebration of Kanye’s birthday, an ice cream shop in New York City is hosting a Kanye Ice Cream Week full of delicious designer flavors inspired by Kanye West. This ice cream celebration is a precise gauge of the voting public’s love for Kanye, in a certain sense. And the ice cream will most likely have to make up for the two Kanye West shows that were cancelled this month already in New York.
Despite all the love for Kanye in New York, he still has the same type of haters that have accompanied him throughout his career. When asked the question directly at the Governors Ball, other musicians responded mostly negatively to a Kanye career in politics. The only solace they gave was that it would be fun to see him go up against Trump.
British rockers Bloc Party compared Kanye to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when approach by Huffington Post.
“I don’t know his political qualifications. I like his music, but I don’t think a talented musician is enough to be president. But then again, the Terminator can be the governor so maybe it could work out.”
But musicians have always doubted Kanye, and that is precisely what gives him the edgy personality he has today. In a recent book release titled Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories From a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big, a former rapper discusses how Kanye was once at the bottom of the list of producers to work with. Vulture took an excerpt from the book which mentions a saying that haunted West’s early years that goes, “When You Can’t Afford Just Blaze, You Get Kanye West.” It refers to the time when Just Blaze and Kanye West both worked under the same management, and since Just Blaze was the one rapper usually sought out, the ones slow to the table would be stuck working with Kanye West.
— Bryan Tomlinson (@BryanDigital) May 31, 2016
Kanye was supposed to perform at the Sunday lineup for the Governors Ball concert series on Randall’s Island, but it was cancelled over fears of severe weather. Kanye then tried to make it up to fans at a surprise early morning show the next morning. But once the word got out after the Twitter announcement, fans packed the streets and were met by crowd control police. The performance was cancelled for safety reasons. Kim tweeted later that Kanye would again try for a make-up appearance. How could this guy not be president? He is so determined.
Another step forward for Kanye’s presidential hopes was his communication with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about throwing a block party. According to Time, de Blasio responded to Kanye’s request on Twitter, and it seems hopeful that Kanye will eventually make up the show through an NYC block party. The mayor said he and his wife could plan the party with Kanye to benefit NYC kids.
Kanye West eventually rose to the top as both a producer and a rapper after not getting taken seriously for either talent. The current doubts about his presidential hopes could fuel just such a hunger and make 2020 an even weirder presidential race than 2016. Kanye West’s birthday is simply one year closer in his presidential hopes.
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