Early this morning, Kanye West took part in SHOW Studio's "In Camera" live interview series. Launched in 2003, the series serves as a new and different format of conducting interviews, where the interviewee's fans, friends and family can submit questions to be asked during the unedited broadcast. As no surprise, when it came to Mr. West, no stone was left unturned with questions being asked about his intended presidency, what he'd name his son, and his overall persona.
When asked by the interviewer what he thinks of his overall public perception, the MC's response was thorough, but still very Kanye: "I do think there's people who understand. They see it," he said. "It's like the same people who could feel an earthquake coming on or see a tsunami coming, and I think there's people who don't want to embrace what it really is, so they use their position of class or snobbery or whatever comments they have to just try to always down things."
The real meat of his response came when he criticized how people see others through themselves: "Most people don't know who they are... People's misunderstanding of me is a misunderstanding of themselves."
Another question came from Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who asked 'Ye what he is planning on naming his son. "I don't have a name for him," he responded. "But I hope that he can feel purpose. That he can learn that he has opportunities."
When asked why he constantly refers to himself as a "genius," Kanye gave yet another interesting response. "Because otherwise, I'm calling 'celebrity.' I'm called 'n***a.' I'm called 'rapper,'" he said. "All of my aspirations are currently only what 60-year-old white people do. Let's start with this — I'm a creative genius. When people try to take the piss out of me for clothing and this and that, I was never given the means to be properly educated."
Lastly, the response that most were anticipating came when the "New Slaves" rapper addressed his intentions to run for president of the United States in 2020. When asked why he would run, especially since he currently has more influence than presidents have after even being elected, he said, "I don't feel the need to find justification for that."
After confirming that he will be running, he explained that the announcement was years in the making: "It had been talked about a lot, for the past five years. I decided I was going to announce it then."
Don't expect the MC to slam President Barack Obama during his campaign. When asked if he thinks President Obama has done enough for the country, 'Ye said, "I don't want to make comments or give opinions on what other people have done. But I think he's done a lot of great things, and there would be no chance of people considering the concept of me running if he hadn't run."
Check out Kanye West's full "In Camera" interview here.
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