Leather jogging pants are not a thing. There is no way. That is absolutely ridiculous.
Leather. Jogging. Pants.
I heard Kanye rant about them in his interview with Zane Lowe last year. That one interview that got him into that brilliant Twitter feud with Jimmy Kimmel that led to an epic Kanye speech delving into race and privilege and other wild tangents.
His exact words concerning the leather joggers:
“We brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said, ‘No.’ How many motherfuckers you done see with a jogging pant?”
At that point, I thought Kanye was just spewing craziness per usual. I didn’t realize that leather jogging pants were already a thing. Apparently. (See: Buzzfeed, Sept. 24, 2013)
So when I was tapping around on my iPhone for pre-Black Friday deals after stuffing my face with turkey and saw Zumiez selling leather jogging pants, my jaw dropped. I immediately tweeted about how Kanye is a visionary and we should always dream big, even if people laugh.
Regardless of if seemingly ridiculously inconvenient leather jogging pants were a thing a year ago or today, I still feel that Yeezus isn’t completely out of his mind.
His rants serve a purpose, and — call me crazy — I believe they’re worth listening to.
Sure, more often than not they don’t make much sense, but hear me out for a second.
He talks. A lot. Kanye speaks his mind. Usually, the public response is laughter and judgment. “He’s a great rapper yet he’s just too arrogant. He’s too full of himself.”
But he never stops talking. There are songs written about him. “Kanye” by the Chainsmokers: “I wanna be like Kanye/ I’ll be the king of me always.” “Kanye West” by Atmosphere: “Put your hands in the air like you really do care.”
He locks his eyes on what he wants and goes out and gets it. He says what he wants when he wants. I’d bet that Mr. West lives with no regrets.
I’m not endorsing obnoxious swagger and an arrogant attitude. However, I do admire his confidence and ambition. His ability to wade through laughter and brush the dust off his shoulders with ease.
I wholeheartedly do not advise being like Kanye West. Just take an ounce of his confidence and ignore the haters — I really feel like that can go a long way. Lighten up on the haterade and lift yourself up, as Yeezus would.