Kanye West Talks 2020 Presidential Run (And More) With BBC Radio 1

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The last time Kanye West was on BBC Radio 1 with former host Zane Lowe, the interview became one of the best things to hit the Internet in 2013. The hour long conversation served as a reminder of the rapper’s unabashed outspokenness, with him discussing everything from his “rants” to declaring himself the “number one rockstar on the planet.”

Now The Life Of Pablo superstar has given a new interview to Radio 1’s Annie Mac and, as expected, it’s sure to be another memorable chat. On the Radio 1 website some of the topics discussed are shared, which include everything from creating affordable Adidas shoes to running for president in 2020. The website also notes that West will provide the show’s Hottest Record, which is the name given to the new tracks that Mac premieres. Will it be something from Cruel WinterTurbo Grafx 16? Another Pablo cut that he changes during the interview with Mac offering a guest verse? We’ll find out later on today.

Below you can read some of the highlights that are a part of the pre-recorded conversation, which will air on Radio 1 at 2 pm EST today.

On working with Ikea:

“I have to work with Ikea – make furniture for interior design, for architecture. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bed that he makes, I want a chair that he makes.”

On running for President and police violence: 

“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views. I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.”

On creating affordable Adidas:

“I’m going to adidas and I’m like adidas, ‘I know you’ve never made a shoe under $50 but we have to make a shoe that costs $30 and I’m gonna be the coolest shoe of all’. To me, this thing I’m saying is the thing I’m most excited about of anything I’ve ever done. To be able to take all of what I’ve learned from the best designers and making collections with fashion people ripping me up alive and dissing me saying don’t quit your day job and all that, to be able to get to the point of being able to make something that everyone can touch and have that visibility.”

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