November 18, 2013


Kanye to Harvard Architects: "The World Can Be Saved By Design"

Before bringing his beleaguered Yeezus Tour to Boston on Sunday night, Kanye West took some time to swing by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and give a small audience of up-and-coming architects a brief inspirational talk.

And while Kanye may have no patience for photographers or late night talk show hosts, the boundary-pushing rapper had nothing but smiles and praise for the next generation of Ivy League architects.

"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,'" Kanye told the students. "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 now we know Kanye's recipe for utopia: Nobility, dignity and taste. You know, like a Confederate flag t-shirt.

After offering everyone in the Harvard office tickets to his Yeezus Tour that night, 'Ye admitted he was "a bit self-conscious" at the thought of having architects size up his stage show. "The stage does have flaws in it," he admitted. "But it's an expression of emotion, so give me a pass on that."

He also name dropped Oprah Winfrey and explained why he gets so animated during interviews. "If I sit down and talk to Oprah for two hours, the conversation is about 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 [the world] in a positive way," West said. "I really appreciate you guys' willingness to learn and hone your craft and not be lazy about creation."

To get a rare glimpse of Kanye smiling at other human beings, watch the video above.