Fresh off his New York Fashion Week show, Kanye West sat down to talk to Vanity Fair about his collection, music, and his 2020 presidential run he announced at the VMAs. While many considered the announcement a joke, Yeezy said he’s “definitely” considering it.
I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time. Rap is great.
It’s fun. It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child.
While West struggles with whether or not he’ll give up his art if he runs for office because it’s “so therapeutic,” he is a fan of one of the Republican candidates in the 2016 race: Ben Carson.
“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him,” West said. “I was like this is the most brilliant guy.”
Though he didn’t say which candidate would win his vote in the upcoming race for the White House, West thinks they all have something good to offer.
“I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs,” he said. “But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.”
If and when West throws his (fashionable!) hat in the ring in 2020, he doesn’t want to compete against other candidates. He wants to work with everyone.
“I want everyone to win. When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” he explained. “I would be like, ‘I want to work with you.'”
Good luck with that, Ye.