Before his Boston concert on Sunday, rapper Kanye West stopped by the Harvard Graduate School of Design to address architecture students, giving a nearly three-minute speech captured on amateur video.
Under the aegis of his nearly two-year-old design and marketing company, DONDA, named for his late mother, West stood on a desk in a lecture hall and told the crowd of students, "I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be 'architected.' "
Following that coinage, he went on to say "there [are] traditionalists [who] hold back the good thoughts, and there [are] people in offices [who] stop the creative people and are intimidated by actual good ideas. I believe that utopia is actually possible but we're led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest and the most political. So in no way am I a politician -- I'm usually, at my best, politically incorrect," he said to laughter, "and very direct. I really appreciate you guys' willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation."
Monday in a Philadelphia radio interview on WPHI/Hot 107.9, West told co-hosts Shamara Afia and Laiya St. Clair of "Philly's Morning Show" that, "People get mad at me saying that I am a creative genius, but it's just obvious. It's, like, factual," adding, "I would write 'creative genius' . . . on customs [forms], where you put what your title is, except for two reasons: It takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word 'genius' wrong."