On Friday night (May 29), Kanye spoke to graduates at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and dished out some hard-earned advice: "When you're the absolute best, you get hated on the most."
“It’s a tough world out there,” he said. “You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees... Even for me as a successful musician, to make the transition [into fashion], it was really all but impossible. People really try to box you in to what they know you best for.”
He continued by praising the budding designers for following their lifelong dreams.
"The most successful artists are as close to who they were when they were five years old or four years old or three years old, or when my daughter wakes up and decides to change her career seven times a day," he said. "So I feel extremely honored to see new talent fighting for their voice that I can only imagine they've been fighting for since age three."
According to TMZ, Kanye sat in the front row during the students' final fashion show, and even gave them private words of encouragement backstage before hitting the podium.
Kanye's advice mirrors his response to criticism from New York Fashion Week director Fern Mallis earlier this year. After Mallis said she was "over Kanye," the rapper went on a long, thoughtful series of tweets in which he explained the hurdles he's come across in the fashion industry.
"I just want you to understand that attempting to do clothing has been very difficult and I have encountered countless amounts of bigotry along the way," he wrote. "I have millions of ideas and I represent a new generation just trying to express themselves in a broken world."