After some technical difficulties , Kanye West’s Yeezus tour got back on track Sunday night with a show in Boston. But before taking the stage, West gave a different kind of performance when he spoke to a jammed lecture hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as part of the “DONDA Design Lecture Series.”
Fiancée Kim Kardashian posted a snap of Harvard students listening to West, with the caption, “My baby speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.” West, wearing a white jacket and shirt with green pants, stood on a table as students crowded around him for the talk.
According to a report on the Archinect blog, the quick drop-in from Yeezy included a walk around the design studios at the school to admire some of the students’ models, with a possible return visit in the future to look at final reviews of their work.
According to the site, West also promised to give the students tickets to that night’s show in Boston. “I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be ‘architected,’ ” he said. “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.”
The talk included another suggestion by West that his creativity is being held back by those with more traditional views. “I believe that utopia is actually possible,” he said. “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.”
And while he was excited to visit the students in their space, the normally supremely confident rapper said he was a bit nervous about the invitation to his show. “I’m a bit self conscious because I’m showing it to architects,” he said of the Yeezus set. “So the stage does have flaws in it. It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that.”