Kanye West … More Like Kanye Best

Natalie Schmit, Reporter

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46th president of the United States, Commander-in-Chief, Kanye West. These phrases will all become synonymous in a short four years time.

The case for President Kanye West is a surprisingly convincing one. Kanye West is not only an icon of rap music, but of the American dream itself. He was born to a middle-class single-mother, and worked his way to become one of the top 20 highest earning rappers’ and one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the World. His presidential bid, announced at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30th, came as a surprise, but a promising one for the United States. Between his and his wife, Kim Kardashian’s, horde of social media followers, he has already gained substantial support. Kanye’s support of minority groups and his contrast to most other presidential candidates make Kanye a unique, and potentially impactful president.

Kanye has always been an avid supporter of minorities. Not only has he spoken up about racial discrimination, but also he has opened conversation about homophobia in an industry known for it’s anti-gay rhetoric. In his single, “Never Let Me Down”, he raps, “Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it.” Not only is this statement true, but it is refreshingly candid compared to many other presidential hopefuls. In 2005, he was one of the first hip hop artists to speak out for an end to Homophobia in an interview saying, “[Hip hop has always been about] speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip hop discriminates against gay people.” Time and time again he has supported these minorities and undoubtedly these opinions have helped bring real change due to his fan base of over 10 million people. His powerful voice and independent thinking makes him the perfect torchbearer for a more progressive United States of America.

 

Millennials are the demographic cohort born between 1990 and 2005. By 2020, a large percentage of voters will be millennials. Many millennials do not vote, mostly because they do not want to support the two-party system and because they do not feel a connection to the candidates. However as reported by Millennial Marketing, “25% of the population of the U.S. are Millennials”, all of which will be eligible to vote by 2020. It will be their time. Kanye will undoubtedly run as an independent and hopefully inspire more young minds to vote. Through his rap he openly expresses his opinions and thoughts, promising an honest presidency without furtiveness which so often occurs with more traditional candidates. He appeals to the no-nonsense, information hungry millennial population. Furthermore, with satirical candidates such as ‘Deez Nuts’ or ‘Dan Bilzerian’ running and garnering votes, it is proven that the US needs a change. Kanye would be a candidate that would open discussion to the younger generations and bring much needed reformation.

Kanye is not without his faults. He obviously needs to institute vigorous campaigning, assemble a competent team, and carefully research many of these international issues. However, with almost five years to prepare and relentless effort, his aspiration is manageable. His non-conforming and non-conventional actions are welcomed in such an orthodox field. Kanye supports minorities, speaks to the youth, and would hopefully bring America the change it so desperately seeks ergo making the “King of Rap” perhaps the candidate that America needs.

Kanye West 2020, you heard it here first.

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