*Kanye West chatted with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac about his interest in making a push for the Oval Office in 2020, and admitted that his qualifications don’t have much to do with politics.
“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,” he told Annie.
“I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth,” he continued.
West first teased his intention to pursue politics last August during a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The following month, he assured his naysayers and skeptics that he was “definitely” going to run in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“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 told the magazine.
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Elsewhere in the interview, Kanye speaks about his battle with depression after his 2015 Glastonbury headlining performance. Not only did fans start a petition to get him kicked off the festival, when West hit the stage, his opening track didn’t cue up when expected, and he was thrown off him game. Kanye recalled how the moment triggered severe emotional unrest.
“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,” he explained.
‘Ye continues: “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.”