In an interview with BBC Radio 1 personality Annie Mac, the 39-year-old rapper backtracked on his White House run promise. However, the rapper-producer was adamant about making changes to that would help mankind for the better.
“We are numb, we’re numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year, we’re numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July,” he said (quotes via Billboard). “We’re numb to places on the Earth that we don’t live – like our life is okay but it’s okay for other people’s lives to not be okay.”
“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views, I don’t have views on politics,” he continued. “I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day, to somehow make a difference while I’m alive I’m going to try to do it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, West talked about being depressed after he “messed up the music” at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival.
“So it really put me into a slightly depressed state and it put me back in the position of when I was in high school and I got fired from my job, or when I played my music for R. Kelly and he told me he was going to sign me and then three months later I didn’t have any money I couldn’t afford a haircut, I couldn’t take my girlfriend to the movies and I’m still in my momma’s bedroom, working on beats and I was that close to being signed by R. Kelly,” he said. “I don’t usually get nervous, I prepare, I get fully prepared.”
Kanye West’s full interview with air on BBC Radio 1 on Monday (Aug. 1) at 2PM ET.