Ripping a page out of the Kardashian family playbook, Kanye West took Oxford University yesterday. West spoke at a lecture organized by the Oxford Guild Business Society.
Prior to the lecture, the rapper requested all audience members turn off their phones. Attendees were also warned if they were caught photographing the session, the guilty party would be swiftly removed. Luckily for those of us unable to attend, the full transcript of the 20-minute lecture has been made available online.
But if you don’t have the time to read the detailed account, check out some of the more noteworthy moments of the #YeezOx lecture below:
1) “OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.
2) “I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, with my ability to build relationships with amazing people, speak to amazing people. Call Elon Musk out of the blue, or call Obama out of the blue…he calls the home phone, by the way.”
3) “One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for
4) “White people that listen to rap say nigger. In the privacy of their own home.”
5) “It’s still February, right?” (security guard shakes his head, everyone laughs).
“By the way, I don’t know the days of the week. I just go to exactly when my appointment is.
6) “The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age”
7) “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!”
8) “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.”
9) “I’d see toys that some people would buy for my daughter and I’d say this toy isn’t quality. I don’t want my daughter playing with this. There’s not enough love put into this, this is just manufactured with the will to sell, and not the will of inspiration.”
10) “We have the resources as a civilization to find a utopia, but we’re led by the most greedy and the least noble.”