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Kanye West is back with his presidential aspirations again.
The rapper has announced plans to run for president in 2024. He did so at the Fast Company’s Innovation Festival where he discussed the creation of the Yeezy sneakers, recent innovations, and of course his thoughts about going into politics.
“When I run for president in 2024…,” the rapper paused as the audience laughed. But he was serious. “What y’all laughing at? I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk. What they’re saying is Kanye’s crazy? One of three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing because they’re so scared.”
He also addressed his thoughts on the perception on how black america is viewed.
“As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion,” he said. “You can only be the consumer… you can only be a demographic. And that a boardroom says ‘this is the black demographic…This is who you’re supposed to vote on, this is what you’re supposed to buy. This is your Popeye’s chicken sandwich you’re supposed to eat on. I have seen the boardroom and back. And it’s completely the concept of a demographic.”
We first heard about Kanye’s thoughts about running for president in 2015 during a speech at the MTV VMA’s that year.
“I don’t know what I finna lose after this,” he said. “It don’t matter, though. It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Last year, we heard an update on those thoughts, in which he revealed that he was seriously thinking about running for office in 2024.
Watch the clip below.