Kanye West on Joe Rogan Experience (#1554)

Key Takeaways

  • “I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world”Kanye West
  • “I know that me as president would be the best thing that ever happened for America’s foreign policy. I’ve traveled more than any president already. And I bring people together.” Kanye West
  • Kanye believes it’s possible to create a better system where artists and record labels benefit equally. Currently, artists get the short end of the stick on most deals.
    • “The contracts are made to rape the artist” – Kanye West
  • “God is using me and he has a calling in my life to make the world better for all people”Kanye West
  • Kanye says he’s worth $5 billion but he’s not after money. He plans to use his wealth to make a positive change in the world through schools, churches, farms, orphanages, and other projects.
    • “Money is just a tool” – Kanye West
  •  The present is gone in a second. The past and future last much longer:
    • “The longest moments in our lives are our memories and our imagination” Kanye West
  • What most people consider a rant, is really just Kanye exploring multiple ideas at once:
    • “We enjoy music that has multiple instruments, so when I talk it’s not a rant, it’s a symphony of ideas” Kanye West  
  • Kanye isn’t crazy, he’s just telling the truth:
    • “I just tell the truth. And telling the truth is crazy in a world full of lies.”Kanye West

Intro

  • Kanye West (@kanyewest) is an American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Throughout his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and musical progressions within mainstream hip-hop and popular music at large. 
  • Host: Joe Rogan (@joerogan)

Kanye For President 

  • Kanye got the idea to run for President back in 2015
    • Lots of friends, including Oprah, told Kanye not to do it
    • However, a lot of people also told Kanye he wouldn’t be a billionaire and he made that happen so he’s used to naysayers in his life
      • “I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world”Kanye West
        • “It’s not an if, it’s a when”
  • Why does Kanye think he’d make a great leader?
    • He says it’s because he listens to people, is empathetic, and understands humans as a species 
      • “I do believe in world peace” – Kanye West
  • Kanye entered the 2020 race late because he was fighting COVID
  • He doesn’t believe running for president will split the black vote but they’re smart enough to vote for whoever candidate they think will best represent them 
  • As president, one of the first things Kanye would tackle is the budget
    • Kanye took himself from being $50 million in debt to being worth $5 billion and believes he can do the same for the US
  • “I know that me as president would be the best thing that ever happened for America’s foreign policy. I’ve traveled more than any president already. And I bring people together.” Kanye West
  • Kanye’s political party is called the Birthday Party
  • If Kanye doesn’t win in 2020, he’ll run again in 2024:
    • “I’m definitely one-hundred percent winning in 2024” – Kanye West

Thoughts on Healthcare

  • As president, Kanye would try to put more emphasis on preventative medicine 
    • He’d also combine holistic medicine with modern medicine 
      • “I believe in both medicines” – Kanye West
  • Because we live in a capitalistic society, healthcare companies want to keep people sick because they make more money from treating people than preventing illnesses or completely healing illnesses
    • “They want to keep you sick because that’s how you keep making money”
  • “We are sick and we are keeping ourselves sick. We are all responsible…in someway” – Kanye West

Kanye As Commander In Chief 

  • As president of the US, Kanye would try to make sound and rational decisions
    • He’d get as much information and learn about foreign situations at hand and talk to the top military leaders and advisors before deciding
  • “I would lead with love, dignity, the responsibility to our country, the coverage of our families, of our soldiers, and in full service to God and the American people” – Kanye West

Changing The Music Industry

  • Kanye believes it’s possible to create a better system where artists and record labels benefit equally. Currently, artists get the short end of the stick on most deals.
    • “The contracts are made to rape the artist” – Kanye West
  • Kanye says that he actually loses money on the music he creates
    • “My five billion dollar net worth and three-hundred million in cash that I see a year, music is like negative four million for me” – Kanye West

A Higher Calling

  • “God is using me and he has a calling in my life to make the world better for all people”Kanye West
  • Kanye says he got a calling from God to go make a church in Calabasas 
    • He called it Sunday Service and did it every Sunday until COVID
      • Kanye is currently working on building a full-energy sustainable monastery. He also wants to create a gospel university. 
        • It will have a stadium that sits 200,000 people with about 100,000 gospel singers.
  • Kanye is also building Yzeey Christian Academy
    • It will be a school that focuses on faith, music, communication, collaboration, and creativity

Don’t Chase Money 

  • Money isn’t real, it only works because we all believe in it:
    • “Money is not even real, you know it’s not backed by anything” – Kanye West
  • There are more important things in life than money:
    • “When you unprogram yourself, you see that there’s other forms of currency. Like relationships are a more important currency than money itself and that’s what we really sought.” – Kanye West
  • Kanye says he’s worth $5 billion but he’s not after money. He plans to use his wealth to make a positive change in the world through schools, churches, farms, orphanages, and other projects.
    • “Money is just a tool” – Kanye West
  • Kanye is the CFO of his company because it allows him to see what transactions are taking place and if his money is being spent effectively 

Ending Racism

  • Kanye says racism won’t end until people stop putting the word black in front of something (e.g., Black History month)
    • “We shouldn’t have to have a special box, a special month” – Kanye West
  • Kayne doesn’t like that during Black History month, the media shows traumatic events that happened to black Americans. It serves as a reminder that blacks were seen as less than human. He says to imagine if there was a Cheated on your ex mont, no one would want to be reminded of that.
  • “The way these companies and the music industry…and the way society generally looks at black people, it is the way like a misogynistic man looks at a hot lady” – Kanye West

Kanye Drops Bars of Wisdom

  • The present is gone in a second. The past and future last much longer:
    • “The longest moments in our lives are our memories and our imagination” Kanye West
  • What most people consider a rant, is really just Kanye exploring multiple ideas at once:
    • “We enjoy music that has multiple instruments, so when I talk it’s not a rant, it’s a symphony of ideas” Kanye West  
  • Kanye isn’t crazy, he’s just telling the truth:
    • “I just tell the truth. And telling the truth is crazy in a world full of lies.”Kanye West
  • Faith > Fear
    • “I went from having confidence and arrogance to having faith. And faith is the opposite of fear.” – Kanye West 
  • “Our greatest kryptonite is doubt” Kanye West

Being On Medication

  • Kanye got diagnosed as being bipolar after going on TV and saying slavery was a choice
    • However, the media took that out of context. What he meant was that there are certain decisions you can make, like accepting a contract with a record label, that will put you into financial slavery
  • Kanye stopped taking meditation because he says it blocked his ability to channel what God wanted him to do
    • “It destroyed my confidence. It made me this shell of who I really am.” – Kanye West 

Plan A > Plan B

  • As a Christian, Kanye is pro-life
    • He says that 1,000 black children are aborted daily.
      • Instead of people turning to Plan B or Planned Parenthood, Kanye wants to create Plan A: A series of orphanages that would be Disney World-like and would be a great place for children without parents to grow up in 

Brilliance + Bravery = Greatness

  • “If you mix brilliance with bravery, then we can ignite something. Even this conversation alone can ignite the people that are going to change the world.” Kanye West
    • A lot of brilliant people let fear stop them from greatness:
      • Fear of failure
      • Fear of bankruptcy
      • Fear of loss
      • Fear of death
        • Kanye believes that the only thing people should fear is the fear of God. Once he made this discovery, he shed his fear of anything else.
  • Kanye believes too many brilliant people are going into areas that pay well but make a minimal impact on the world, rather than going into areas that don’t pay as much but could have a hugely positive impact on the world 

Kanye The Designer 

  • Kanye is currently working on designing a new shoe without laces or a tongue
  • Kanye’s design method:
    • “When I design I become like a three-year-old. I have to go to my gut. I have to forget everything I know and really focus on what I feel.” – Kanye West
  • Kanye sees himself as the Michael Jordan of product
    • “I have the best taste on the planet” – Kanye West
      • Kanye helped take Adidas’s market cap from $15 to $68 billion
      • When Kanye partnered with the Gap, their stock jumped 45% in two hours which grew the market cap by $2 billion. Kanye hasn’t even released a product with them yet.
        • Fun fact: Kanye used to work at the Gap when he was 18 but got fired for stealing clothes

Don’t Judge Religion By A Single Person

  • Too many people judge religions based on their worst followers
    • There are some pastors that abuse their church’s funds to fly private jets but most don’t
    • Similarly, Kanye says that just as a person who wears Jordans doesn’t play like MJ, a person who’s Christian won’t act like an ideal person

Additional Notes

  • Kanye is a fan of Twitter:
    • “Twitter is the safest, freest, mass platform to communicate on” – Kanye West
  • Kanye is a fan of Bernie and believes he would have a better chance of winning than Biden but the Democrats didn’t want Bernie to win because they couldn’t control him:
    • “Bernie is a superhero” – Kanye West
  • How does Kanye know if he’s not in a productive meeting?
    • “If someone’s talking to me and I just get sleepy, I know that that’s not what I should do”Kanye West
  • Artists define culture and America is filled with them:
    • “America’s greatest export is influence and culture” – Kanye West
  • When he was 12, Kanye enjoyed programming video games. That experience eventually led him to composing music. 
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