No one ever knows what to expect from rapper Kanye West, which is why the final line of his now-infamous Video Vanguard acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards still gets brought up more than a year later.
“And yes,” he added at the end of his nearly 13-minute diatribe at the ceremony, “as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.”
Understandably, most took the mention with a grain of salt, but during an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on Monday, West revealed that he might actually be on the campaign trail in the future.
“If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive,” West expressed during the conversation (which was mentioned by E! Online), “I’m going to try to do it. When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views. I just have a view on humanity, people, [and] the truth.”
The latter of those aspects is definitely something West has a lot of heart for, even if he does occasionally bring it forth for selfish, albeit understandable, reasons. Two weeks ago, as noted by the Inquisitr, a previously-filmed conversation between West and his notable “frenemy,” singer Taylor Swift ultimately cleared him of any wrongdoing when it came to a controversial lyric in “Famous,” the track that crudely name-checks Swift from his album, The Life of Pablo.
“For all my Southside ni**as that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” he boasts. “Why? I made that bi**h famous.”
After months of Swift denying that she had no prior knowledge of the song’s creation, Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, took to her Snapchat to broadcast the filmed conversation that took place between Swift and her husband after he recorded the tune.
Last Wednesday, as also noted by E! Online, West publicly addressed the exposing reveal during a surprise appearance at a Chicago concert headed by friend and fellow hip-hop star Drake.
“All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat,” Kanye remarked to the crowd at the United Center, “because now, y’all can know the truth, and can’t nobody talk s**t about ‘Ye no more.”
West’s possible first lady proudly admitted that she had no problems protecting Kanye’s honor during the July 17 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“I’ve had it with people blatantly treating my husband a certain a way and making him look a certain way,” she fumed. “Kanye is always so honest and speaks his mind, and he always [has] my back. At this point, I’ll do whatever [needs to be done in order] to protect my husband.”
Speaking of protection, one of West’s biggest political stances, according to the BBC Radio interview, has to do with gun control. Bringing up the tragic shootings that have occurred almost weekly for the past few months, the “Wolves” musician stated that the repetition of these incidents have dulled the feelings of anger and sorrow that people usually have when such things happen.
“We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year,” the father of two explained. “We’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July.”
Truth be told, this is not the first moment since the 2015 MTV VMAs that Kanye has given confirmation on his political plans. In an interview with Vanity Fair from last September, he defiantly expressed that he would definitely be making his way into the Oval Office — just not anytime soon.
“I’ve got five years [to] go [before I’m eligible to] run for office,and I’ve got a lot of research to do,” he remarked, “[and] I’ve [also] got a lot of growing up to do.”
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