*Kanye West previously admitted that he’s never voted before, but that’s going to change when he casts his first ballot in the 2020 presidential election for Donald Trump.
In a new GQ cover story, Ye said he won’t allow his past fear of criticism keep him from voting for the red team (Republicans).
“I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color,” West told the magazine. “I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on.”
He added, “Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from. They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.”
The rapper went on to address those who said his career would end after coming out as a Trump supporter.
“I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here! ‘Jesus Is King’ was No. 1,” he said.
OTHER NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: Ari Fletcher Criticized For Defending White Women Who Get Dark Tans to Look Ethnic
View this post on Instagram
“Life is a song that’s already been written, that takes your entire life to hear.” At the link in bio, @WillWelch spoke to Kanye West about the Yeezy campus he’s developing in Wyoming, his next album, his “altered ego,” and his renewed faith in God. Photographs by @Tylersphotos.
“I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with [Hillary Clinton],” he continued. “What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
Elsewhere in his GQ interview, West reflects on the late Kobe Bryant.
“He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts!” Ye said. “We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together. And now it’s like, yeah, I might have had a reputation for screaming about things—but I’m not taking any mess for an answer now. We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity. We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies.”
West also describes himself as a “functioning alcoholic.”
“One day I was in my office working on the couture collection, and there was some Grey Goose in the fridge and I was just going to get a daytime drink, and I looked and thought, ‘Devil, you’re not going to beat me today,'” he recalled. “That one statement is like a tattoo. I haven’t had a drink since I realized I needed to take it day by day, but I never owned up, or was even told, ‘Hey, you’re a functioning alcoholic.’ People have called me a crazy person, people have called me everything—but not a functioning alcoholic. And I would be drinking orange juice and Grey Goose in the morning.”
On the topic of new music, West said he “was thinking of not rapping again” but explained why he had a change of heart.
“I was thinking of not rapping again, because I rapped for the devil so long that I didn’t even know how to rap for God,” he said. “Then one of my pastors told me, ‘My son just said that he would want a rap album about Jesus from Kanye West.’ He didn’t say, ‘Kanye West, you should do this,’ or ‘you need to do this.’ He just told me something that a child said. And that one thing made the difference.”