Kanye West: ‘It’s Better Now Than When Obama Was in Office’
Hip-hop star Kanye West recently spoke to GQ about the upcoming election and which candidate he will be supporting.
The openly religious artist has expressed avid support for President Donald Trump. Although it’s been well-documented that he is not a registered voter, perhaps, this year, he intends on registering and then voting for his candidate of choice?
“No, I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here! Jesus Is King was No. 1! I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her. What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was “I’m with black.” What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion?”
He added that he will not try to convince anyone to do what he intends on doing: “I’m not telling anybody who they should vote on, what they should wear, where they should live,” said West in his GQ cover story for the May issue. “I’m doing me.”
GQ’s Editor-in-Chief Will Welch questioned West about wearing the red MAGA (Make America Great Again) cap. He stated that the hat symbolized going back into the past, yet, he envisions Kanye as being a “perpetual forward thinker.” To which Kanye responds, “I buy real estate. It’s better now than when Obama was in office. They don’t teach you in school about buying property. They teach you how to become somebody’s property.”
With another reference to the MAGA hat, Welch says to Kanye “To go back to when you put on the MAGA hat, how do you see that moment from where we are now, sitting on this plane, in January of 2020?
Kanye’s response? “Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from. They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.” West then laughs.
You can read the full interview here.