Kanye West Imagines World Leaders At His Funeral

By Nadeska Alexis

Kanye West’s Twitter account has been pretty quiet for months now, save for the occasional announcement (like the G.O.O.D. Music album back in October), but on Friday morning (December 2) he gave us two whole tweets, one of which included a link to backstage footage from his Watch the Throne tour with Jay-Z. Get ready for some great Kanye-isms, including his vision of having world leaders attend his funeral.

The clip is filmed backstage at Madison Square Garden, while Ye gets dressed for the New York City stop on the tour early in November. While the camera gets some closeups of the jewelry and kicks, Kanye explains his drive to succeed—“I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum”—and imagines what things would look like at the end of the road. We doubt that a few days ago was the first time he’s thought about it but…

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“I was just thinking about my funeral and stuff a couple days ago and thinking who would be at the funeral,” he begins, “People who I want to be in the funeral? I wanna have world leaders that were, like, affected, that said, you know, ‘Kanye gave me my shot here.’ Or ‘he pushed me,’ or ‘he told me to believe in myself,’ or ‘when I saw this, it made me feel like that.’ I wanna affect people like that when I, like, pass away.”

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Ye didn’t mention whether or not he had any specific world leaders in mind, but hopefully he’s got a lot more time to figure that out. After the world leaders bit, he also elaborated on the importance of his work (humbly).

“When the light bulb was invented it wasn’t to stop a war, I understand we’ve got other issues that are way bigger,” he said. “So I’m not trying to say that what I’m doing is the most important thing that’s happening on the planet, but what I’m saying is, what I’m doing is necessary. Just like if there’s one teacher teaching in a class, what she’s doing is necessary.”