I’ve got to remember when talking to people in their early 20s, they don’t remember a lot of things that happened beyond 5-years ago. And why should they? Teens live for the moment and that’s the way it should be. 

I was asked my thoughts on Kanye announcing a run for president. I reminded her, Kanye made that announcement about 5-years ago. Of course, I’m the one accused of lying and forced to show proof. If it were my kid, I say, shut up and listen, but because it wasn’t my kid, I did a quick search of Kanye’s original announcement… 

At the 2015 MTV Awards Kanye announced that he decided, in 2020, to run for president and started the hashtag #Kanye 2020. 

After a prolonged rolling of the eyes (if it were my kid I probably would have exercised some form of child abuse) the conversation ended before we could even discuss his candidacy. Darn, I was ready to go all in. 

I’ve always seen Kanye as a Jay-Z Lite. He definitely came on the music scene strong and I like a lot of his songs like Flashing Lights, Stronger, Heartless, Hey Mama, Niggas in Paris, Jesus Walked, and I never get enough of Gold Digger. Like Jay-Z, he married a celebrity and started a clothing line. Unlike Jay-Z, his new music has lost its pop, his celebrity wife is being out celeb’d by her sisters, and his clothing line sucks. 

But, he’s still Kanye West and I can’t wait to see him run for President of the United States. 

It’s clear he and Kim have been playing the role of mole these past 4-years as Kanye was one of the first to visit Don at Trump Tower and Kim made it to the Oval Office to bat her eyes in front of Donald in a successful effort to release Alice Johnson from her drug sentence. I’m convinced they were snooping in Trump’s desk for all kind of dirt to get an advantage in the 2020 elections.

Clearly, the White House has been waiting for Kanye and Kim for quite a long time. Lincoln has a bedroom but there’s no Trump wing, Biden wing, or Obama wing. However, there’s a West Wing.

Forbes did a story on Kanye’s candidacy today. Here’s my favorite quotes:

  • Kanye will not seek the endorsement from the Democratic, Republican, or Independent parties. He’s starting his own party. He’s calling it the Birthday Party.
  • To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.
  • He envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther.
  • His advisors right now, he says, are the two people who notably endorsed him on the Fourth: his wife Kim Kardashian-West, and Elon Musk, of whom he says, “We’ve been talking about this for years.” (Adds West: “I proposed to him to be the head of our space program.”)

The most profound quote of all time (so far)…

…I’m not running, I’m walking. I’m not running, we the people are walking. We’re not running anymore, we’re not running, we’re not excited—we are energized.

Someone can say, ‘Hey, I got a brand new car for you, it’s across the street and you get so excited you run across the street and get hit by a car trying to run to your new car. That’s how they control the Black community, through emotions, they get us excited, we’re so excited, but then for 400 years the change doesn’t truly happen.

There’s a hint of genius  in that statement. Kanye may be on to something.