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As part of his court-mandated 250 hours of community service (for assaulting a paparazzi outside LAX), Kanye West rocked up to L.A. Trade Technical College and spent two hours schooling the kids on all things fashion, graphic design and life. Photos of the icon went viral, given that who-in-the-fuck would ever believe that he’d be doing such a thing. Complex covered the whole situation about as comprehensively as they could, because playing on the whole ‘Yeezy taught me’ catch line was too good of an opportunity to pass up. They also got in touch with Andre Pitts, who was a student in the class. The visual communications student and LA Native gave a pretty comprehensive rundown of what the experience was like.
On what was discussed: A lot of stuff. He was all over the place, but I mean, one of the main things he was talking about was…he was giving examples of different things and saying that having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success because there’s always something more expensive to buy. So, he was saying that success was really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.
On the Q&A segment: Different people asked about what is his favorite this and that, or stuff he likes, the people he likes and the different artists he likes, and he just briefly answered like, “Yeah I like them.” People asked him about different artists, really. And then someone finally did actually ask about the Illuminati, and I don’t want to say too much because he did tell the truth this time but I don’t have it on film so I cant really back that stuff up, but he did talk about that topic. Someone asked if he listens to his own music, or if he listens to other people’s music. He said he likes to listen to his own music since he thinks he’s the best artist, still.
On becoming a fashion designer: He said that, I think it was Fendi…he was talking about when he created a design for them and they didn’t want to take it seriously because they have legitimate fashion designers there, and people who are already established doing fashion design. Well he said that he doesn’t care about his Grammys but he thinks of them as reference points. And that he can point back to them and say, “I’ve proven that I can do this, so I should be able to do this.” So that’s what he was trying to get out, that he feels that he is able to do these things but that he’s being shot down by the fashion industry.
Read the full interview here.