Kanye West Talks “SWISH”, Yeezy Season & 2020 Presidential Run

By Staff  |  09/24/2015

Kanye West

Kanye West has a lot going on. He's designing clothing and sneakers, he's prepping his long-awaited SWISH album, and even gearing up for a 2020 presidential run.

The rap star took some time out to discuss these things with Vanity Fair, who interviewed him just hours before the unveiling of Yeezy Season 2.

First things first, is he really running for president? "Oh, definitely," Ye tells the mag. "I hate politics. 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."

As for his anticipated new album Swish, there's no set release date. "I'm not sure. I'm not worried about the years. I'm worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I'm breathing," he said.

Below are a few more highlights from the interview.

ON YEEZY SEASON 2: "My toe is barely in the door, my foot is barely on the gas, I've got to press down harder. The most successful thing about the second season was just doing the second season."

ON HIS PRESIDENTIAL PLANS: "I want everyone to win. When I run for president, I'd prefer not to run against someone. I would be like ‘I want to work with you.' ... 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."

ON SWEATSHIRTS: "I think sweatshirts are the way of the future. And we worked so hard on our development of our actual sweatshirts to make them fall a certain way, the dyeing that we do, the type of washing where we take a thicker Japanese stretch French terry and wash it down to where it keeps its original qualities but then feels so thin. . . . Sweatshirts are f*cking important. That might sound like the funniest quote ever. How can you say all this stuff about running for president in 2020 and then say sweatshirts are important? But they are. Just mark my words. Mark my words like Mark Twain."

ON SWISH: "That's like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played ['Fade'] has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting."