Kanye West has once again confirmed that he will indeed run for office in 2020, revealing that he’s been considering the prospect for the past five years.
The rapper announced that he will run for President in the 2020 election while accepting a prize at this year’s MTV VMAs.
Despite his wife Kim Kardashian stating that the announcement was “news” to her, West insisted in a live interview with Show Studio this afternoon (October 6): “It had been talked about a lot for the past five years with my team and I decided I was going to announce it then.”
Asked whether he was definitely going to run for office, West replied: “Yes”. On his motives behind the bid, he added: “Certain things I feel compelled to do in life I don’t have the need to find justification for them.”
West also attributed his ability to even consider running to be President to the current incumbent, Barack Obama.
“I think [Obama] has done a lot of great things and there’s no chance anybody would even be considering the concept of me running [for President] if he hadn’t won.”
Quizzed whether he will run with a party or alone, the rapper responded: “I don’t have all the answers right now.”
West said of how he would approach the role differently to his predecessors: “I like to sit with engineers and come up with solutions and alternatives for people without opportunity that end up having to go through with desperate measures. The way that I collaborate with people, and empower those who I collaborate with, is to look at a different way at problem-solving for the world than a normal political way. I want to just ask questions.”
“I’ve already decided that when I’m in debates and don’t know the answer I will say ‘I’ll get back to you on that’ and will consult with the top 10 people on the planet [on the subject]. It’s not about me, it’s about we. That’s the purpose.”
West spoke about his radical ideas for electoral reform in his recent Vanity Fair interview.
“When I run for President, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” he said. “I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’ I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. 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.”
In a recent interview with NME, Rihanna revealed that she is waiting for West to be free so she can finish recording her new album with him. Similarly, Justin Bieber has said that he too is working with West on new music that boasts a “New York vibe.”