He's known for saying exactly what's on his mind, and at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, running for president was what Kanye West was thinking about.
West shared his ambition during a lengthy Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech that spanned a wide variety of topics. But lest anyone think his proposed bid for the White House was just a passing fancy, make no mistake: He means it.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the rapper-turned-designer was asked about his 2020 plan, and he assured that it was "definitely" still on.
"I sit in clubs and I’m like, 'Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do,'" he explained.
Really, he sees it more as growing into the man he was always meant to be.
"My dad has two masters degrees. My mom [had] a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH," he explained. "It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child."
While he wants to run for the highest office in the land, that doesn't mean he wants to be a politician per se.
"I hate politics," he told the magazine. "I’m not a politician at all. I care about the truth, and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that’s all I can say, and I think we can."
Only time — five years or so — will tell if he can count himself as a winner in the race.