Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has the Internet in a frenzy after appearing at Harvard’s School of Design over the weekend to officially launch his DONDA Design Lecture Series.
Footage of Mr. West dropping gems of knowledge on topics ranging from architecture and design has started to make its rounds.
“I really do believe that the world can be saved through design and everything needs to actually be architected,” West said during the lecture. “This is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing T-shirts instead of buildings. If I sit down and talk to Oprah [Winfrey] for two 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.” (HHNM)
Ye also acknowledged how impressed he was by the students’ willingness to learn.
“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 and very direct. I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation and I’m very inspired to be in this space.” (HHNM)
Kanye’s appearance at Harvard comes just before preparing to hit the stage in Boston for his Yeezus tour.
Kimye is going Ivy League! Shortly before his Yeezus tour stop in Boston, Kanye West, with fiance Kim Kardashian in tow, made a pit stop in nearby Cambridge — to give a speech at the Harvard School of Design! The rapper and designer, 36, shared his thoughts with a rapt crowd of students as part of the “DONDA Design Lecture” series, said DONDA’s creative director, Virgil Abloh, who called the moment “super surreal” via Instagram. (Us Magazine)
The rap star’s fiancée cherished the moment by shouting out Ye and releasing a photo onto her Instagram page.
Kim Kardashian posted an Instagram photo of her fiancé, alongside the caption, “My baby speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.” The last “baby” photo Kardashian, 33, posted was of her daughter with the rapper, North West, who turned five months old on Friday. (People)
Check out a portion of Kanye West’s speech: