The song ‘Kanye’ by The Chainsmokers may actually hold some merit now with the lyrics “I want to be like Kanye”. The rapper has graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an Honorary Doctorate. Contrary to his College Dropout (2004) album he is now Dr Kanye West.
Was Kanye one of those mature-aged students that interrupted the younger minds at work mid-sentence?
“I am a pop artist. So my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas. ‘I’m sorry’ is something that you can use a lot, it gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologise for it, and give your opinion again [laughs]. You should not be sorry for your opinions. George Bush [pauses as the audience laugh] has some very cool self-portraits. I didn’t know he was an artist. I felt my nerves a bit and I don’t feel that feeling a lot. The nerves of humility and modesty when being honoured, a humanisation, a reality, of being recognised, and all I thought as I sit here kinda shaking a little bit, is, I need to get rid of that feeling. I need to not be nervous.
“This honour is gonna make your lives easier. Two reasons; you don’t have to defend me as much [laughs] and I’m gonna make all of our lives easier. And it’s these Floyd Mayweather belts that are needed to prove what I’ve been saying my entire life. Where there’s the co-sign of Paul McCartney grabbing me and saying ‘It’s OK, he doesn’t bite white people’ or The New York Times cover, or the Time Magazine most influential cover. And now a doctorate at The Art institute of Chicago. When I was giving a lecture at Oxford, I brought up this school because when I went on that mission to create in other spaces, apparel, film, performance, it would have been easier if I could have said that I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. Thank you.”
Kanye just openly admitted in his speech that his sorries don’t hold sentiment but besides that, we didn’t understand much else. All a part of West’s pseudo-charm. Did anyone else feel really confused reading that? Stick to the Graduation album mate, not the actual Graduation ceremonies…