It’s official! Kanye West is running for President. Showing just how serious he is, the 2020 hopeful, who first unveiled his presidential dreams in 2015, has held a memorable campaign rally, secured co-signs from the likes of Elon Musk and rocked a 2020-inspired haircut. Kanye’s chances to gain any real traction in any upcoming presidential elections are probably as slim as they’ve ever been, but hey, you can’t knock the man for trying. The Chicago native is known for turning fantasies, like transitioning from behind-the-scenes beat-maker to cultural icon. We take a look at all the times when Kanye West’s dreams have come true.
Marrying Kim Kardashian
On “Lost in the World,” a track from Kanye’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he waxes poetic about a love interest who is described as both his heaven and hell. The rap megastar would later admit that the song featuring contributions from Alicia Keys and Bon Iver was inspired by Kim Kardashian. According to Ye, he had been crushing on her since the mid-2000s, when she may have seemed a little out of the backpack rapper’s league.
Becoming a Billionaire
One of the biggest challenges Kanye has been faced with in his career has been earning respect in the world of fashion. He’s struggled at times not only creatively, but also financially. In 2016, he announced that he had been $53 million in debt as a result of attempting to fulfill his designer dreams. Things, however, did eventually pay off for Yeezy, who made headlines earlier this year for joining Jay-Z in the billionaire boys club.
Designing for Gap
Although Kanye threatened to walk away from his recently announced Gap deal like it’s nothing, it’s been a long time coming for his Gap dreams to come into fruition. The one-time sales assistant rapped about his days as a Gap employee on his classic debut College Dropout and in 2009 was rumored to have interned with the company. “We are excited to welcome Kanye back to the Gap family as a creative visionary,” said a representative for the 51-year-old brand.
Taking Over the Sneaker Game
With lyrics like, “Hold on, I ain’t tryna stunt man, but the Yeezys jumped over the Jumpman,” Kanye made it clear that his “passion for flashin” runs deeper than just showing out in designer jeans and shirts. An OG sneakerhead, the self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don leveraged his love of fresh kicks into a billion dollar footwear empire that has included signature designs for LV, Nike and adidas.
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