The man who would be king…or at least President someday needs a name more befitting his station in life. So Kanye has decided that something which describes him would be better. Something like ‘Christian Genius Billionaire”.
How did we get here? Well, after Forbes recently listed Kanye as “one of the world’s wealthiest hip hop artists” with an estimated worth of $240 million, Kanye wanted to set the record straight saying, “Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was gong to talk about. 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.'(The Hollywood Reporter)
And to make sure no one forgets who he is, Kanye apparently tossed out the idea he should change his name. To those who might think the name change a bit crass, he responds, “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.”
According to CBS News, Kanye shared his vision while speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival and hinted that the name would be a catchy slogan on bumper stickers for his 2024 presidential run which apparently caused an outburst of laughter from the audience. It seems people are only willing to take so much of Kanye’s crazy before finally succumbing to laughter.
Celeb name change is certainly nothing new…remember when Muhammad Ali used to be Cassius Clay or when Prince changed his name to a symbol and had to be referred to as the artist formerly known as Prince. Yeah, those seemed a little crazy, but those two men chose their names as a form of protest. Kanye wants to change his name to a boast…to brag about how much money he has and his own self-appointed genius.
If Kanye really wants to change his name to something that better describes him…how about “Narcissistic Black man trying way too hard”. Sure, not as bumper sticker catchy, but perhaps more true.
What do you think…is Kanye a genius for changing his name to something that he thinks describes him to a tee? Or is this just another reason why people think he’s crossed the line from ‘genius’ to a crazy guy?