It may be surprising to have rapper Kanye West at one of the most prestigious and intellectual institutions, but he did give a speech at Oxford University on Monday March 2 and had some pretty wise things to say.
Although many now know West for his over inflated ego and unbelievably disrespectful actions towards other artists, he owned up to it and addressed the fact he is changing.”One of my biggest Achilles’ heels has been my ego, and if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”
He then proceeded to name drop, addressing that his celebrity status gets him very impressive connections, but did so to acknowledge he has to use that for the greater good.
“I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, and 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.”
In a room full of great minds, he recalled his middle class upbringing further explaining how people with power need to use it to help others.
“There should never be a $5000 sweater. You know what should cost $5000? A car should be $5000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars.”
“All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so f–king serious about this concept that I will stand in front of anyone and fight for it. Because I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like to not get what I have.”
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