Billionaire rap mogul-turned U.S. presidential hopeful Kanye West has made waves with his controversial bid for the White House.
West, who announced he was planning to run for office back in 2015, has built his Birthday Party campaign around his relationship with God and religion—advocating conservative Christian values.
Now, appearing on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast, West has said he thinks “geniuses” in the bitcoin and cryptocurrency community “have a perspective” on the “true liberation of America and humanity.”
“These guys really have a perspective on what the true liberation of America and humanity will be,” West told Rogan, well into a more than three-hour long interview that spanned the origins of his presidential run, his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, and the future of humanity.
“A lot of the tech guys, but specifically [bitcoin] guys were able to use the new highways, the new information highways, and create the next frontier of our existence while the powers of our political system are still anchoring on the electoral college, which was based around slavery.”
West said he’d spoken to two of his bitcoin and cryptocurrency connections, thought to be venture capitalist Anthony Schiller and Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, in preparation for the highly-anticipated podcast that’s already racked up more than 8 million views on YouTube.
The rap and fashion star pointed to Twitter and Square SQ chief executive Jack Dorsey’s decentralized social media plans as evidence of a trend toward bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Last month, Dorsey said bitcoin and its underlying decentralized blockchain technology are the future of Twitter and has since added bitcoin to Square’s treasury.
Rogan, who’s hosted a number of U.S. presidential hopefuls over recent years, said the interview went “beyond my expectations” and that after listening people will have a “much better understanding and appreciation of how this man thinks.”
Elsewhere, others in the entertainment industry have also made high-profile bids to change the world with bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer Akon is forging ahead with plans for his cryptocurrency-powered Akon City in Senegal, which he has previously branded a “real-life Wakanda,” with the president of Akon’s akoin cryptocurrency, Jon Karas, recently saying the coronavirus pandemic has made the development of Akon City “more necessary.”
Source: Forbes – Money