Kanye West @ Harvard

Earlier today Kanye West visited the Harvard Graduate School Of Design where he checked out students’ work and gave a brief speech. It was part of DONDA’s “design lecture series,” according to the creative agency’s art director Virgil Abloh, who accompanied West to the lecture (as did Kim Kardashian). West also treated the entire class to tickets to his concert in Boston tonight. Archinect, who notes the school’s African American Students Union extended the invitation to West few weeks ago, provides this transcript:

So after walking through here I decided that I wanted to make sure for anyone that didn’t have tickets tonight that you all could have tickets to the show. So anybody who wants to come tonight, you can have tickets for the entire office! [CHEERS, MAD LAUGHTER]

But I just wanted to tell you guys: I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing t-shirts instead of buildings. But just to see the work actually be actualized.

If I sit down and talk to Oprah for 2 hours, the conversation is about realization, self realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you. So the reason why I turn up so much in interviews is because I’ve tasted what it means to create and be able to impact, and affect in a positive way.

And I know that there’s more creativity to happen. And I know that there’s traditionalists that hold back the good thoughts and there’s people in offices that stop the creative people, and [who] are intimidated by actual good ideas.

I believe that utopia is actually possible–but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. So in no way am I a politician–I’m usually at my best politically incorrect [LAUGHTER] and very direct. I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation.

I’m very inspired to be in this space. Tonight, this show, if you come see it–um, I’m a bit self conscious because I’m showing it to architects. [LAUGHTER] So the stage does have flaws in it. [LAUGHTER] It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that. And that’s basically all I have to say so thank you very much.

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Comments (16)
  1. I just don’t know what to think of this man anymore. I watch something like this where he come off as somewhat humble, and he seems really genuine in what he likes, but the ego at times can come off as so off-putting. I really believe is somewhat of a brilliant man, a bit of a tortured soul, but what artist isn’t? I don’t know…..I am someone who has to know someone in person to see what they’re like when the camera is off them to really judge someone.

    Also, his music is sick, so yea.

    • I think he’s just an introvert. He comes across as really shy in interviews a lot but he’s also extremely passionate about the things that he loves: music, design, fashion, Kim. That’s why sometimes what he says doesn’t really make a lot of sense. I don’t think he’s a good public speaker at all, he gets nervous like any of us would. I think remembering that he started as a producer instead of a rapper is important to remember as well.

      Basically Kanye is a very complex person and I don’t think he can be put in a label like “humble” or “egotistical” and leave it at that.

      For every video you can find of Kanye being a dick or being hostile you can find something like this or the video where he’s asking Pharrell a question doing a Q&A.

  2. Ugh. Dude just needs to go on a long vacation.

  3. “…we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest…”

    Kanye. Dude. You just described your wife and the shameless, vapid, no-talent family you married into.

    Kanye, you are one confusing fella, I’ll give you that much.

  4. Where is the lecture.

  5. “…but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political…”

    So does this mean Obama doesn’t care about black pple either?

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