Kanye West’s 2020 Presidential Bid Is Still Alive! – At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West had announced his decision to run for the 2020 US Presidency.
And with his latest interview, that dream is still very much alive. Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on Sunday, Ye revealed why he wanted to run for office.
“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.”
The rapper also spoke about his performance at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival and how it made him depressed.
“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.”