7 Best Quotes From Kanye West, Oxford Lecturer

'It's still February, right?'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2015 10:48 AM CST
7 Best Quotes From Kanye West, Oxford Lecturer
This image released by Starpix shows Kanye West performing at the first annual Roc City Classic in New York's Flatiron District on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

Kanye West's latest gig: Oxford lecturer. The rapper gave a guest lecture at the storied university yesterday, speaking to 350 students at the school's Museum of Natural History for a half-hour. Vulture has the full transcript. Highlights:

  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. "My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater."

  1. "I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports. I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE F---ING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!"
  2. "What I said was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age." Later: "Why do I say the Matrix is like the Bible? What is my definition of the Matrix?" The apparently rhetorical question went unanswered.
  3. "It’s still February, right?"
  4. "In America people really do wear $3,000 shirts. For real. Here and in Stockholm people will be like ‘oh dude, it’s a $3,000 shirt.' I’m assuming I’m probably wearing a $2,000 shirt but I got it for free from the designer so."
  5. "It’s illegal to not wear clothes, and also possibly too cold. That means someone is imposing an idea on you that should legally have to do! Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5,000 sweater. You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars."
Kanye's also a Harvard lecturer. (More Kanye West stories.)

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