Top 5 Kanye-isms from Kanye West’s Speech at Oxford University

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Kanye West made a 20 minute speech at Oxford University on Monday can covered an impressive amount of subjects in that time. Over 1,600 students were said to be in attendance. Before beginning his speech, he asked the audience to stay quiet so that he could get his stream of consciousness flowing to deliver “the illest quotes” possible.

Abbas Kazmi, chairman of the Oxford Guild, said, “We are very excited to be hosting such an inspiring and high profile a speaker as the legendary Kanye West and expect it to be a fascinating and memorable event,” and a memorable event it was.

Kanye’s speech may have only been 20 minutes, but there was no shortage of Kanye-isms. Read out top 5 quotes from Kanye’s speech below:

Kanye West in New York.


1."My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you're not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That's a mentality that suppresses humanity."

2."We've been sold a concept of joy through advertising, through car advertising, through fashion branding. It's not the concept of time, time with your family, time with your friends, the little time that we do have on earth and what we do with that. It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something. Time is the only luxury. It's the only thing you can't get back. If you lose your luggage ... you can get that back. You can't get the time back."

3."People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She's only doing good if your daughter's doing good. We're all one family. We have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs."

4. “I'm successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people.But in learning that, being brought up, middle class, it's something that is beating out of my chest. 'Wait a second, I was middle class, and I didn't get to see none of this shit.' Let's have an NBC telethon moment, and say that beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them under the concept of luxury!"

5. "This humanity that I talk about, this civilization that I talk about, this future utopia I talk about…it can only happen through collaboration. I love Steve Jobs, he's my favorite person, but there's one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn't give the ideas up. That's kinda selfish. You know that Elon's like 'yeah, take these ideas.' Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won't like that, the stockholders wouldn't like that idea, but ideas are free and you can't be selfish with them."

After the dust settled, students were all blown away. No one was sure what to expect, but all of the high expectations were met.

Kanye has been in the United Kingdom for a few days now and has made it an eventful week, getting a tattoo of his mother’s and daughter’s birthday on his wrist, debuting a new song off his upcoming record So Help Me God, and making a return to the radio program Zane Lowe Show. Kanye is on a roll, and it doesn’t seem like anything can stop him.
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