Kanye West’s intention to run for the 2020 presidency has been embraced by Ben Carson and others.
Don’t count rock icon and Eagles frontman Don Henley among them.
“He won’t be president,” Henley says during an interview with The Guardian. “He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”
Henley, whose group the Eagles had the best-selling album of the twentieth century with Their Greatest Hits (1971-75), is promoting the release of his new album, The Coast of Living.
He is not promoting, however, artists who sample the Eagles’ material. During The Guardian interview, Henley is asked about Frank Ocean’s sampling the Eagles’ “Hotel California” on his 2011 Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. Henley does not approve.
“Some of these young kids have grown up in a world that doesn’t understand or respect copyright material or intellectual property,” he says. “They look at songs as interactive playthings.
“I didn’t think he was cool,” he adds of Ocean. “I thought he was a talentless little prick. And I still do.”
The interviewer asks Henley if he would have preferred it if Kanye West had sampled him.
“No, I’d be just as pissed off,” he says. “I don’t like him, either.”