Kanye West surprised audiences at the 2015 VMAs when he announced his presidential plans for 2020. And while some may have taken it as a joke, it seems the rap star was serious about his political aspirations.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the MC told Vanity Fair that he's "definitely" still thinking of running for office. And now he's even got plans.
"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.' As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy.
"I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs," he continued. "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."
While he's got plans to work with other politicians and not always against them, Yeezy's also got other political ideas he needs to think about. And he's been pondering things in different places, including the club.
"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,'" he said. "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," he added. "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."
So if you're backing Yeezy, guess you can go cop your Kanye For President merch now.