On July 4th, Kanye West announced that he is running for President in the 2020 election. While many believe that Kanye lacks the experience necessary to hold the highest position in our government, I feel that his discography suggests otherwise. Thus, I decided to highlight songs that will help Kanye convince the masses that he’s the right candidate for the job.
For those that assume Kanye is unaware of how the U.S. government works, they should go back and listen to his song POWER. As Kanye explains in the chorus, “no one man should have all that power.” While many think this is nothing more than a catchy line, Kanye displays a tremendous amount of awareness for how the U.S. government functions. He realizes that “no one man,” or in this case, the President, holds sole power over the country. Instead, the President falls under the Executive branch of government, which is balanced out by the Judicial and Legislative branches. Thus, even in 2010 when the song was released, Kanye already understood how the fundamentals of government worked.
While some argue that Kanye’s billion dollar company, YEEZY, and his new partnership deal with the GAP prove that he has an understanding of finance, I think his 2004 hit, Gold Digger, establishes his financial knowledge expertly. Within the song, Kanye explains the danger that wealthy individuals face from certain women who want their money. Kanye is generous enough to dole out financial advice telling these men that, “’we want prenups!’ / it’s somethin’ that you need to have / cause when she leave yo a**, she gon’ leave with half.” This type of financial wisdom would bring tears to Warren Buffet’s eyes.
Finally, some might be concerned that Kanye has no understanding of foreign diplomacy. On the contrary, I would urge those individuals to look at songs like Ni**as in Paris and Diamonds From Sierra Leone. From these song titles alone, we can gauge that Kanye has international experience and reach. Some research into his international tours would show that he’s traveled to over 25 countries while touring. Thus, if there’s anyone who could figure out foreign diplomacy, it would be Kanye. I’d like to see another candidate try to get a crowd of non-native English speakers to rap the lyrics to Stronger.
All in all, it will be intriguing to see if Kanye successfully runs for President this coming election. Most importantly, if Kanye needs a Music Director for his campaign, I’m available.