Kanye West continues to fan the flames of a potential presidential run in 2020.
The rapper famously said he was running for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Many thought he was joking. Others thought he was serious.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac on Monday, Kanye said he isn't exactly determined to run for public office, but he said he would take more of a humanitarian approach if he were to helm the big chair in the Oval Office of the White House.
The controversial (and sometimes rambling) star said he has "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," he said in the interview.
Much like President Obama has done recently (as have presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump), Kanye spoke about racial tension in America, citing the recent police shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and others.
"We are numb, we're numb to 500 kids getting killed in Chicago a year," he said. "We're numb to the fact that it was seven police shootings in the beginning of July."
Realistically, not many think that he actually will vie for a political life in Washington, D.C., but many are having fun with the idea. Merchandisers have been making money off Kanye presidential items since his infamous remarks at the awards show.
Even Obama had some fun with the idea.
"Kanye is thinking about running... for Speaker of the House!" he joked at a fundraiser last year, according to Us Weekly. "It couldn't get any stranger. But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing -- or as he calls it, 'peezy' -- I do have some advice for him."
"First of all, you have to spend some time dealing with some strange characters who act like they're on a reality TV show. You gotta be cool with that," he added. "Second important tip: Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that's what's known as off-message in politics. People have lost congressional seats that way."
The POTUS even joked about their ties to Chicago, where Kanye is from and Obama calls home, having moved there in the mid-80s.
"And number three: Do you really think this country's going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the U.S.?," he said, adding, "that's crazy. Cray."
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