Amidst an acceptance speech for the VMA’s Lifetime Achievement Honor, Grammy Winning Music Producer and Rapper Kanye West left his cheering crowd, and of course millions of viewers, in awe; announcing his decision to run for president in 2020. Presidency? Yes, a dozen flashing images crossed our pondering minds: his famous debacle at the 2009 VMA’s bringing Taylor Swift to hefty tears, protesting George Bush’s negligence of Black people as he goes off-script during a live TV fundraiser, and his most recent fiery squabble with ex flame and hip hop model Amber Rose.
The American Rapper has once again caused quite a media storm. Fans have gone wild, showing their support through campaign memes, and even invented their own slogans: “The choice is easy. Vote for Yeezy.”
Almost immediately after West’s revelation, sister-in-laws Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner showed their support on Instagram and Twitter. Still remaining doubtful of West’s prospects as he warned the crowd he smoked some weed earlier: “yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off.” In typical Kanye West manner we witnessed yet another heartfelt but rather tedious (ten minute- I must add!) monologue where he spoke fondly of his grocery store visits with North, his love for Hennessy, and his undeniable wish for people to just like him- Aww!
Stirring up some serious buzz, there have also been an odd few that take a dim view of West’s bold move, as American Studies Lecturer proclaims: “It looks to me like a large social media stunt.” In addition, Roseanne Barr – who had formerly run for president herself- was also quick to express her disapproval during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Kanye West has had his fair share of outrageous celebrity moments, but in all seriousness -putting aside his wife’s repeated saucy antics and controversial media presence- could West really be onto something?
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On the whole, Kanye West does possess some seriously political qualities and vote-worthy characteristics.
Gracing the cover of Time Magazine earlier this year, Kanye West has been listed as one of the 100 most influential people, amongst names such as President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.
West’s influence on the youth of today is phenomenal, he is truly a cultural icon. Initially deemed unmarketable as a rap artist, West went on to become one of the greatest contributions to music, and is now regarded as one of the few geniuses in Hip Hop.
We can all see West has the honesty quality of politics already covered, with his outrageous stunts and tell-it-to-your-face persona. However, a great politician must practice true compassion in order to see the needs of those he leads. Who can be more fitting than somebody that is no stranger to real life struggles faced by ordinaries growing up? Dropping out of college to pursue his dream, Kanye West continues to support the Kanye West Foundation, founded by his late mother, a foundation working to minimize the number of high school dropouts. Already on a path of great leadership, West is already determined to have the youth of America blossom into successful and prosperous individuals. Many of Kanye West’s interviews on talk shows and press appearances consist of his urge for children to believe in themselves, and to stand against anyone who tells them otherwise, urging government regimes to invest more money into education.
Speaking his mind whatever the occasion, West speaks of the most authentic issues that are not always exposed to the public eye. West’s acceptance speech also addressed the harsh truth behind celebrity glamour, glitter and glory. He throws light on MTV’s ploys to bump up their ratings through the repeated replays of Taylor Swift presenting West his award. Sometimes we can be fooled by the luxuries, the stardom, and the Hollywood smiles for which West provides a window into understanding celebrity pressures and hardships.
The Rapper even went on to acknowledge the everlasting effects of his mistreatment of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA’s. West has always preached fairness and equity, as he went on to express his confusion of award shows, and mocks the idea of acknowledging the success of only one of five artists.
The Only One singer has not only conquered the music industry, but is even leaving his mark on the fashion world, as he continues to expand into other arts. Despising limited edition products, West seeks to “making beautiful products available to as many people as possible.” In efforts to make the world a better place, he continues, “The least I could do is spend my time trying to give other people a piece of the so-called good life.” West showcased his collection for Adidas at the New York Fashion Week earlier this year, beating Chanel for the most viewed collection. Soon following an even greater response, West’s much sought after sneakers -Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost- sold out in mere moments once landing online – 12 minutes to be exact! The sneakers are being flaunted by several A-list celebs, such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jonah Hill, even David and Brooklyn Beckham have snagged a pair!
West claims to “crack the pavement” and “make new grounds” socially as well as culturally. These are political perspectives he not only expresses in his speeches, but also in his music, where he seizes the power to transform our thoughts and vision. The Guardian’s Osman Faruqi calls attention to the political agenda incorporated in West’s lyrics: “It’s time for us to stop and redefine black power / 41 souls murdered in 50 hours.” West hopes to tackle the root causes of violent crimes, claiming gun violence goes beyond restricting access to weapons. Faruqi casts light on what is missing in political regime, a void he believes will be filled by West, as West brings “a kind of policy rigour” to the surface.
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Although The Daily Mail affirms Donald Trump may have a far better chance, Kanye West’s fame could certainly help his campaign. West’s prominent status among fellow celebrity associates has also become a vehicle for presidential campaign, gaining the support of Taylor Swift and Ice Cube. In addition, Rihanna –a music sensation, and the new face of Dior- begged the question: “I mean people are voting for Trump. Who wouldn’t vote for Kanye?” With four years to prepare, West is taking the political world with creative force as he plans to record his next album in preparation for his presidential campaign. As HollywoodLife.com reveals: “He’d love to re-write the U.S. Constitution and make it rhyme and flow so that people could dance to the music, and also retain the words and the meaning of the constitution — just like they know all the words to any one of his hit songs.” We have to give him props, as he begins to reach out to his prospective voters the way he knows best: through his music.