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Kanye West stopped by Harvard University to lecture design students

After resuming his "Yeezus" tour in Philadelphia on Saturday, Kanye West headed north to his next scheduled concert stop in Boston, MA. But before he hit the stage, he stopped by Harvard University at their school of design.

Kanye West stopped by Harvard University to lecture design students

After resuming his "Yeezus" tour in Philadelphia on Saturday, Kanye West headed north to his next scheduled concert stop in Boston, MA. But before he hit the stage, he stopped by Harvard University at their school of design. "I really do believe the world can be saved through design," he preached to the excited students.

The rapper shared words of enlightenment to the fresh minds as a part of his “DONDA Design Lecture” series, according to Us Magazine.

Here is a transcript of his talk via Archinect:

“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.

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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.”

To top it all off, West gave everyone in the department tickets to his show that evening. You can watch a clip of Kanye speaking to the students.

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
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