Although Kanye West did admit to smoking "a little something" before his epic speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last month -- in which he shockingly announced he's planning to run for president in 2020 -- he now confirms his lofty political plans are no joke.
"Definitely," the 38-year-old rapper tellsVanity Fairabout running in 2020. "I didn't approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn't like, 'Oh, let's go rent some jet skis in Hawaii.' No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I'm like, 'Wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do.'"
Kanye says his creative background is exactly what the White House needs.
"The whole point is to have someone [in office] that's creative, that's around amazing creatives," he explains. "This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it's very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers."
"I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all," he stresses. "I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can."
And Kanye already has an unconventional campaign plan.
"When I run for president, I'd prefer not to run against someone," he says. "I would be like, 'I want to work with you.'"
"And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs," he adds, specifically referring to presidential hopeful Ben Carson as "the most brilliant guy." "But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help, and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together."
Earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest jokingly reacted to a possible Kanye run. While speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Earnest said he was "looking forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat."
Surprisingly, the always controversial Donald Trump also had nothing but nice things to say about Kanye's political aspirations. "He said very nice things about me in the past, and he knows my daughter a little bit, Ivanka," Trump told Rolling Stone. "He's actually a different kind of person than people think, he's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."
Hillary Clinton, however, would clearly not. "I would only ask him if I'm running for reelection to wait," Clinton told Ellen DeGeneres.
Kanye West is dead serious about running for president in 2020: 'I've got a lot of research to do'
Recording artist Kanye West performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Rapper Kanye West performs at the Lifebeat Hearts and Voices benefit for AIDS research on March 11, 2004 at Float, in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Kanye West performs as support artist for U2 at the first of two rescheduled Vertigo Tour New Zealand dates, at the Ericsson Stadium on November 24, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 29: Best New Artist winner Kanye West hugs his mother at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 11: Rapper Kanye West performs during the inaugural 'Grammy Jam Fest' at the Wiltern Theatre December 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The event celebrated the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and raised funds for various arts charities. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 15: Kanye West poses in the Awards Room with the award for International Male Solo Artist at The Brit Awards 2006 with MasterCard at Earls Court 1 on February 15, 2006 in London, England. The 26th annual music awards highlight the achievements of the UK record industry with all proceeds donated to the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT). (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15: Kanye West poses for a picture backstage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 7: (L-R) Fonzworth Bentley and Kanye West perform at the birthday celebration for Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum at Tenjune on June 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tenjune)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 21: Hip-hop artist Kanye West performs on BET's 106 & Park at BET Studios on August 21, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Rap Artist Kanye West arrives at the G.O.O.D Music 'Heavenly' Grammy After Party held at The Lot Studios on February 8, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Rapper Kanye West attends the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Tent at Bryant Park on February 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: Kanye West attends the House of Holland show at Quaglino's as part of London Fashion Week a/w 2009 on February 24, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Joe Jackson (L) shakes hands with Kanye West the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Musician Kanye West arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Kanye West on the New York Daily News Big Apple float rides down Broadway in Times Square as he joins the giant balloon lineup for the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 25, 2010. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Kanye West performs on stage at Big Day Out 2012 at the Sydney Showground on January 26, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West talk from their courtside seats before the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: (L-R) Singer Beyonce, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West and television personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For BET)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Kanye West (C) gestures as he leaves his hotel on May 23, 2014 in Paris. Hip hop star Kanye West and reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian are expected to tie the knot in the next few days, fuelling speculation about the wedding's location. AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Kanye West gestures as he attends the Lanvin 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 25, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West performs at the Rn. 1st Annual Roc City Classic Starring Kevin Durant x Kanye West on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
American rapper Kanye West poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 6, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
US rapper Kanye West, husband of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian, carries their daughter North, following a reported baptism ceremony at the Armenian St. James Cathedral in Jerusalem's Old City on April 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Kanye West (L) and Kim Kardashian attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)