Kanye West Talks Changing His Name to ‘Christian Billionaire Genius’ and 2024 Presidential Run
Kanye West was just as outspoken as ever when he made a surprise appearance at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York on Thursday.
The 42-year-old rapper participated in a panel discussion with Yeezy footwear designer Steven Smith and made a few bold statements, including that he might legally change his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West” for a year. West explained that he wanted to get proper acknowledgment as a black entrepreneur.
“Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was going to talk about,” West said. “He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment. When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire.’ They don’t want us to know that we can buy land; they don’t want us to have the 100 percent ownership I have at Yeezy.”
“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is,” he continued. “It will be on the license plate.”
West also said he still plans to run for president in 2024 — which he’s been talking about since 2015 — and called out the audience for laughing.
“What y’all laughing at?” he said of their reaction to his political plans. “We would create so many jobs! I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk. When you see headlines saying Kanye’s crazy — one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing, they got no opinion, they’re so scared!”