Kanye West is an ideas man.
Put him in a packed auditorium at Oxford University, and the first thing he’ll do is clear the stage of furniture, because he “thought it was aesthetically better.” We know this, because footage from his talk at the uni in May has recently popped up online. It’s an easy, Yeezy, beautiful 40-minute romp through his mind, and it touches on The Matrix, Michael Jordan, Steve McQueen, Disney, Elon Musk, and Gucci. Of course.
Without further ado, some highlights:
On defending your ideas:
“We were taught to hide our black fingernail polish and put our head down in the back of the class and not notice out of fear that someone might laugh at one of our ideas – that our idea could become a mockery or a failure in some way.
There’s a Bible verse saying, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”. Recently I’ve been doing interviews and I’ve had to go back to this verse because I don’t think there’s a living celebrity with more weapons formed against them, but I also don’t think there’s one more prosperous.”
On his ego:
“One of my biggest problems, one of my biggest Achille’s heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”
On his speed-dial:
“Now I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, and with the information and my ability to build relationships with amazing people, speak to amazing people. Call Elon Musk out of the blue, or call Obama out of the blue…he calls the home phone, by the way.”
“And you’re looking for this moment where you sit in your BMW after all the work that you’ve done and all the accolades that you get, and how big your house is and everything, and somehow you think you’re gonna get that level of joy that my daughter had when she received those [toys]. As you’re sitting in traffic in your BMW, it’s something that feels empty. To everyone who reaches that point.”
On working together:
“You guys have been taught, without you knowing it, ways to separate yourselves from each other. If you’re separated, you can be easily controlled. If you’re too busy pointing fingers at each other, as opposed to holding hands, you can’t get anything done.”
Also, he said there should never be a $5000 sweater, but…
Anyway, get aesthetic below: