Kanye’s Double Tap

When someone says Kanye West, what comes to mind? Visionary? Icon? Coolest man alive? We’d argue that all of those are correct. There isn’t anyone else more fascinating on this whole planet; don’t fight us on this. Which is why on Sept. 18 at exactly 8:23 a.m., when he finally made an Instagram and uploaded a picture, we were elated, to say the least. Kanye is a complex man and this picture could mean anything, but we’ve narrowed it down to three schools of thought.

One: He’s going to drop a surprise album called Lines. There are a lot of straight lines in the picture, so it only makes sense.
Two: It’s the beginning of his presidential campaign. The White House is his for the taking in 2020.
Three: North took the picture when they accidentally left her somewhere ... again.

If you love Kanye as much as Kanye loves Kanye, then you know that Kanye loves being mysteriously deep for seemingly no reason at all. So it only makes sense that he would make his Instagram debut with a screenshot of a dramatic scene from a sci-fi flick circa 1990 — Total Recall. We must admit, we did do a little research on this movie to uncover what sort of motives Kanye might have for posting the photo. Maybe he's trying to let us know that he's calling a total recall on The Life of Pablo as a means of making way for a surprise new album. And maybe this surprise new album will echo the futuristic vibe of Total Recall. Maybe (hopefully) he's calling a total recall on Yeezy Season 4, because truthfully we're not sure how many more ripped sweaters in various shades of nude and army green we can handle.

Next is the very real possibility that Kanye West will run for President of the United States in 2020, because apparently anybody is allowed to run nowadays. Kanye's Oval Office plans date back to the 2015 VMA's when he himself declared that "[he has decided] in 2020 to run for president." Perhaps Instagram presented itself to 'Ye as another way for him to gain momentum as a legitimate candidate. Although it's going to take him a while to match Kim's 83.3 million followers, Kanye's leap to over 1 million Instagram followers in just under five days is nothing to laugh at. But the question still persists, why the [Total Recall] reference? Let's just hope he got consent to use the photo before Kim has to take to Twitter to defend Ye's honor via Snapchat video.

Unsurprisingly, this isn't the first time we've been confused by the Instagram usage of the West Family. Throwback to late last year when young North West was accused of posting a very flattering picture of Kim while playing games on her mom's phone. She seems to be very tech-savvy for such a young age. Could we possibly be looking out for her application to Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science someday? Is North the culprit in this latest blunder? Can we expect an Instagram account from her next? Will Kanye soon shift the blame onto his young daughter? Only time will tell.

There are a number of reasons that Kanye could've chosen this picture as his inaugural Instagram post. After weighing the above options and exploring all of the various camps in this argument, we feel that we have reached the only logical conclusion. Judging from the obscure choice in photo, lack of profile picture, and absence of a caption, we have concluded that Kanye West might just not know how to use Instagram.