“Told 'em I finished school, and I started my own business/They say, 'Oh you graduated?’ No, I decided I was finished.” - Kanye West, “School Spirit.”
Few people are more consumed with the ethical implications of a college education in America than Kanye West. A college dropout at age 20, he exorcised the specter of his unfinished education across three albums: College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation.
Now he’s back in the bosom of higher education. This time, though, he makes the rules.
In March, West, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 250 hours of community service after a confrontation with a paparazzo lead to charges of misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft.
How is Kanye servicing the community? By teaching its best and brightest about clothes.
Kanye has been teaching at the L.A. Trade Technical College, delivering lectures on fashion and creativity.
Although there have been rumors of Kanye teaching since June, one bold student’s Instagram has only now given us a glimpse into his classroom. User itschrisgaleno risked life and limb to bring us several snapshots of Yeezy in Chelsea boots and a muted green hoodie, gesticulating in front of a whiteboard marked “Presentations Tomorrow!”
What kind of homework does Professor Yeezy assign? Does he grade harshly? Does he ever bust out the Margiela mask during lectures? What happens if he catches you passing notes?
We may never know. All we can do is hope for the syllabus to leak.