It’s Official: Kanye Wants To Change His Name And Run For President In 2024
It’s been a busy past few months for Kanye West. After a torturous wait for the rapper’s newly released Jesus Is King, the album seemed to usher a reinvention of sorts for West who has been extremely candid about his new-found love of the Bible and how it has come to influence his self-curated God-like persona.
His Sunday Service performances have attracted a number of Hollywood A-listers, but now appear to resemble something of a cult. In his interview with Zane Lowe, West said about his faith, “Everything I do, even designing a shoe, is for the Church. It’s my only mission and calling, is to spread the gospel.”
And it seems that now, so strong is the rapper’s faith, he’s now considering changing his name to ‘Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West’ because one thing West isn’t is inconspicuous.
The announcement came at a Fast Company innovation Festival appearance, where West not only made the absurd announcement but also went on to revive the speculation that has long followed the rapper – that pertaining to whispers of a presidential campaign sometime in the future.
West said to the crowd, “When I run for president in 2024, we’re going to definitely – yo whatchu all laughing at?” he responded as the crowd began to laugh. “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that, in fact, I’m going to walk. What I’m saying is, when y’all read the headlines, ‘Kanye is crazy,’ this and that, this and that, it’s like one in three African Americans are in jail and all of the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing! They’ve got no opinion! They’re so scared!”
And as for the name change, “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…It will be on the license plate.”
The comment is a nod towards West recently being crowned the world’s wealthiest hip hop artist by Forbes, after the publication estimated his net worth to be roughly $US240 million.
West said to the crowd, “Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was going to talk about. He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment. When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire’. They don’t want us to know that we can buy land; they don’t want us to have the 100 per cent ownership [that] I have at Yeezy.”
Just recently, the rapper encouraged black voters not to vote for Democrats, telling voters at the impromptu event to “Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power.”
He then went on to add, “The power is when I talk to my lawyer…I put on my trench coat and said, ‘We’re moving these factories to America, and that’s how it’s going to be’ – and it’s lovely.”
We’re inclined to say that anything West says should be taken with a grain of salt, but it also has to be said that this is a man who, when he gets an idea planted in his head, seems to follow it through with ruthless determination. It may be nonsensical, but West does pursue that which he sets his mind to. Which means we might just see him in the presidential race come 2024.