Kanye West Talks Running For President, ‘SWISH’ & Yeezy Season 2 With ‘Vanity Fair’
When he is not revealing anticipated information about his SWISH album, Kanye West is keeping busy by being a father, designing his Yeezy Season 2 collection for New York Fashion Week and announcing his 2020 presidential run at awards shows. The artist recently sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss the many facets of his very active lifestyle.
One of the more striking parts of the exclusive interview is that Kanye West is serious about running for president. “I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. 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 revealed.
But don’t think the rapper doesn’t love the celebrity life: “It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child.”
As with many of his interviews, Kanye gives insightful, witty and slightly confusing tidbits. He makes references to Mark Twain, has an obsession with Gap, thinks “Sweaters are fucking important” and flexes his fashion knowledge.
The entertainer also confirms that his album is still currently called SWISH (for now), and discusses the reason behind playing that Post Malone-assisted “Fade” tune at his fashion show:
“We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people. For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they’d be happy to hear some new music. I’ve been doing that [making a new album] too. That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.”