Kanye's Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Presidency
by Kevin Zhangxu
“You may be talented, but you’re not Kanye West.” Tweeted by the infamous Kanye West, this international hip-hop sensation announced his run for presidency in 2020 during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards show as he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from none other than the lovely Taylor Swift. Kanye West, arguably one of the most influential figures of the century, has garnered mass praise from numerous celebrities and even other political frontrunners of the 2016 presidential election, but will the successful producer, musician, and entrepreneur also be successful in running the United States of America from the Oval Office? By delving into some of Yeezus’ potent and politically charged lyrics, potential voters may discover the political agenda of the 45th President of the United States and possibly one of the greatest presidents in the history of this country.
Growing up in Chicago and dropping out of college at the age of twenty, but eventually graduating with a doctorate in 2015, Kanye West understands the flaws of contemporary society. “The system’s broken, the school’s closed, the prison’s open”- Power (2010), and “You know the kids gonna act a fool/ when you stop the programs for after school”- We Don’t Care (2004) directly refers to the country’s enormous incarceration rate and the 2.4 million inmates imprisoned by the United States judicial system. Within these lyrics, Kanye criticizes the current system of spending five to six times more on locking people within correctional facilities, compared to the resources funding children’s education. Furthermore, he argues for inner city children that grow up without role models and additional aid as funding for these afterschool programs are cut, compelling these students to turn to lives of delinquency and vandalism. Kanye believes in reforming the country’s budget, focusing on the education of the future instead of incarcerating millions of people.
Besides advocating for change in government spending, Kanye West is also extremely sick of the racial inequality that divides the country, as he condemned the media’s portrayal of African Americans during A Concert for Hurricane Relief, a broadcast benefit concert to raise funds to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which led to the profoundly shocking statement that stirred controversy for the next decade: “George Bush does not care about black people.” Despite this notorious statement, Kanye West reasonably denounced the media as he compared the labelling of white Americans “surviving” to the African Americans “looting” as all victims scavenged for supplies to survive. Furthermore, Kanye continues to probe into the detrimental effects of a consumerist life upon the average African American by “spitting,” “We shine because they hate us, floss ’cause they degrade us/ We trying to buy back our 40 acres/ And for that paper, look how low we stoop/ Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coop” — All Falls Down (2004). Warning the community that following into a hollow materialistic society will only enable further oppression of African American culture, Kanye continues to be an avid proponent of racial justice and racial equality.
Even admitting he was under the influence of marijuana during his announcement, the American people can expect the decriminalization of weed throughout the country as well as having a honest and hungry president that sets his break times around 4:20. Although marijuana certainly does not affect teens, adults who do advocate for the legalization of weed will be free of fear for unusually long criminal sentences for minor drug offenses as well as participate in the benefit of America’s socioeconomic status. Moreover, Kanye’s government regulation of marijuana will be just and fair as he understands the social and economic benefits and drawbacks because of his own occasional recreational use. However, Kanye does not allow marijuana to dominate him; instead “music is his addiction,” immersing himself in his work. As president, Kanye’s work ethic will drive this country forward into the new decade.
As 2020 draws near, Americans will be enraptured and enthralled by the fervor and zeal Kanye West will take to the presidential election. Inspiring millions of children across the country, Kanye West has resuscitated the life of American politics in the American household. By championing social reform as well as promoting educational funding, Yeezus is determined to fix the problems within the country one album at a time. His acceptance speech at the VMA’s flushed with inspiration became so motivational, Kanye persuaded himself into running for president. Sensational icon, self-proclaimed prophet, and lyrical genius, Kanye West is certainly not the president this country deserves, but a president this country needs.