Kanye West wants to legally change his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West – The Independent

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Kanye West wants to legally change his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West – The Independent

Kanye West has claimed he is considering legally changing his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West” for a year. 

The controversial rapper made a surprise appearance at the fifth annual Fast Company Innovation festival in New York on 7 November, where he spoke with Yeezy footwear designer Steven Smith. 

On typical form, West spoke about economic empowerment as well as his intention to run for president in 2024.

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“Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was gong to talk about,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter

“He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment,” said West. “When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million (£768m) 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 [that] I have at Yeezy…

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1/10 “I was the best new artist this year”

Kanye asserted this after losing the New Artist of the Year award at the 2004 American Music Awards

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2/10 “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.”

Kanye made this claim while appearing on the Wendy Williams show in 2007. He had recently released the album ‘Graduation’ to critical acclaim

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3/10 “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

In arguably the most famous incident of his career, Kanye bravely stole the microphone from then 19 year old Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for the Female Music Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

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4/10 “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me… like I’m Hitler”

Kanye said this during a mid-set rant while on stage at the Big Chill festival in 2011. Despite releasing the acclaimed ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ in 2010, he was still widely disliked following the Taylor Swift incident

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5/10 “I am Picasso. I am Michelangelo. I am Basquiat. I am Walt Disney. I am Steve Jobs”

Kanye compared himself to these visionaries in a mid-set rant on stage in Paris, 2013

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6/10 “My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

In 2013, Kanye opened up to reveal more Kanye. His pain is understandable, considering such performances as his at the BRITs in 2015, where he came on stage with an entourage of flamethrower wielding grime artists (pictured)

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7/10 “I have to dress Kim everyday so she doesn’t embarrass me.”

Kanye tweeted this in 2014, around the time that he was designing the first Yeezy range

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8/10 “By 50 percent [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso… f***ing Picasso and Escobar. By 50 per cent more influential than any other human being.”

Kanye made this claim backstage after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 2016, he did not show his working out

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9/10 “My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”

This quote followed Kanye’s recent expression of love for Donald Trump on Twitter, in which he claimed that he and Trump were “dragon energy”

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10/10 “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

Kanye made this comment in a May 2018 interview with TMZ. He later clarified that, in saying slavery was a choice, he meant “we can make our own reality”

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1/10 “I was the best new artist this year”

Kanye asserted this after losing the New Artist of the Year award at the 2004 American Music Awards

Getty Images

2/10 “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.”

Kanye made this claim while appearing on the Wendy Williams show in 2007. He had recently released the album ‘Graduation’ to critical acclaim

Getty Images

3/10 “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

In arguably the most famous incident of his career, Kanye bravely stole the microphone from then 19 year old Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for the Female Music Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

REUTERS

4/10 “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me… like I’m Hitler”

Kanye said this during a mid-set rant while on stage at the Big Chill festival in 2011. Despite releasing the acclaimed ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ in 2010, he was still widely disliked following the Taylor Swift incident

PA Archive/PA Images

5/10 “I am Picasso. I am Michelangelo. I am Basquiat. I am Walt Disney. I am Steve Jobs”

Kanye compared himself to these visionaries in a mid-set rant on stage in Paris, 2013

AFP/Getty Images

6/10 “My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

In 2013, Kanye opened up to reveal more Kanye. His pain is understandable, considering such performances as his at the BRITs in 2015, where he came on stage with an entourage of flamethrower wielding grime artists (pictured)

Getty Images

7/10 “I have to dress Kim everyday so she doesn’t embarrass me.”

Kanye tweeted this in 2014, around the time that he was designing the first Yeezy range

AFP/Getty Images

8/10 “By 50 percent [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso… f***ing Picasso and Escobar. By 50 per cent more influential than any other human being.”

Kanye made this claim backstage after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 2016, he did not show his working out

Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

9/10 “My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”

This quote followed Kanye’s recent expression of love for Donald Trump on Twitter, in which he claimed that he and Trump were “dragon energy”

Getty Images

10/10 “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

Kanye made this comment in a May 2018 interview with TMZ. He later clarified that, in saying slavery was a choice, he meant “we can make our own reality”

PA Wire/PA Images

He continued: “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… It will be on the license plate.”

West also reportedly sparked laughter upon mentioning his 2024 presidential run.

“When I run for President in 2024,” he began, interrupted by laughter from the audience. “What y’all laughing at? 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!”

West recently released his much-delayed new album Jesus is Kingwhich has received mixed reviews from critics. Read The Independent’s review here.

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