Back in 2016 when multi-award wining rapper, singer and song writer Kanye West announced his plans to run for presidency in 2020 during his MTV VMA Vanguard acceptance speech, people thought he was joking, with the 2020 elections just a couple of months away, the rapper has reaffirmed his interest in the presidential race. West has now shared he still plans to put in his bid for president, however for the 2024 race.
He made these known while speaking at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, West, 42, was joined on stage by his Yeezy collaborator Steven Smith.
“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is,” he said. “It will be on the license plate.”
That’s when West shifted the conversation to his plan to run for president.
“When I run for president in 2024 —” the “Jesus is King” singer said, to laughter from the audience. “What y’all laughing at?”
West said that if he were elected president, he would “create so many jobs.”
“I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk,” he said. “What they’re saying is Kanye’s crazy — one and three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing because they’re so scared.”
Watch the full interview below and let us know what you think.
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