Kanye West Speaks With Students at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Kanye West started another journey over the weekend as the Yeezus tour got back on track in Philadelphia (Nov. 16). The rapper stopped by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to give a lecture.
DONDA Creative Director Virgil Abloh says this is the first of the DONDA Lecture Series, a tour of which not much information is known.
West spoke on the importance of design and mentioned that he was inspired by young architects. He even walked around to admire some of the Harvard students’ work, according to Archinect — a website dedicated to design students. Kim Kardashian was also present at West’s appearance.
The Yeezus tour arrives at Barclays Center this week (Nov. 19-20), so it’s very likely West’s next lecture may be around the area.
DONDA serves as West’s mysterious creative agency, which has crafted album art for 2 Chainz‘s ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time,’ Pusha T‘s ‘My Name Is My Name,’ Lil Wayne‘s ‘I Am Not a Human Being 2,’ Big Sean‘s ’Hall of Fame’ and the lack of artwork on ‘Yeezus.’
The transcription of West’s short lecture is below:
Kanye West: …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!
“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 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. 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 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. So the stage does have flaws in it. 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.”