August 1, 2016


Kanye West Talks 2020 Presidency: 'We're Numb to 500 Kids Getting Killed in Chicago a Year'

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In 2013, Kanye West did an in-depth tell-all BBC interview with Zane Lowe, which appropriately sent the internet into hysterics. Today on BBC Radio 1, Kanye will do it again, unloading a wealth of interesting insights to host Annie Mac. 

Among other powerful sentiments, Kanye shares thoughts on the United States presidency. The rapper doesn't talk outright about running for president in 2020, but expounds on issues that he thinks should be addressed by political leaders, namely, violence gripping his hometown of Chicago: 

"We are numb, we're numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year. We're numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July ... we're numb to places on the earth that we don't live—like our life is okay but it's okay for other people's lives to not be okay."

Yeezy goes on to clarify that his aspirations and views are more humanitarian than political:

"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."

In the interview, Yeezy broaches other topics, including his slightly bungled 2015 headlining set at Glastonbury, which he says "really put me into a slightly depressed state." The interview airs tonight in the U.K. at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. EST); listeners across the world can stream the Annie Mac/Kanye interview via the BBC.

Next up, check out an episode of The Kanye Effect, this one detailing the rapper's media savvy: