Read Kanye West’s full speech below.
I am a Pop artist. So, my medium is public opinion. and the world is my canvas.
‘I’m sorry’ is something that you can use a lot. It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it, and give your opinion again.
People say, ‘You should not be sorry for your opinions!’
George Bush…has some very cool self-portraits. I didn’t know he’s was an artist.
I felt my nerves a bit and I don’t feel that feeling a lot.
The nerves of humility and modesty, when being honored. A humanization, a reality, of being recognized. And all I thought as I sit here kind of shaking a bit is, ‘I need to get rid of that feeling.’ I need to not be nervous.
This honor is going to make your life easier for two reasons: you don’t have to offend me as much and I’m going to make all of our lives easier.
And it’s these Floyd Mayweather belts that are needed to prove what I’ve been saying my entire life. Whether it’s the co-sign of Paul McCartney grabbing me and saying, ‘It’s okay, he doesn’t bite white people,’ or the New York Times cover, or the TIME most influential cover. And now, a doctorate at the Art Institute of Chicago.
When I was giving a lecture at Oxford, I brought up this school because when I went on that mission to create in other space…apparel, film, performance…it would have been easier if I could have said I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago.