Throughout his career, Kanye West has made numerous appearances at major educational institutions; he's received an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago, spoke at the graduation ceremonies for L.A.'s Trade Tech College, and perhaps most memorably gave a lecture at Oxford University. Now, that lecture in its entirety has hit the Internet, and as you may expect, it's filled with intellectual gems.
You can watch West's full 40-plus minute lecture above (and we recommend that you do), but there's one statement in particular stands out to us as the summation of how West approaches his work, and especially his more recent foray into fashion design. After providing a brief autobiography about his art education experiences, West speaks on his original ambition to be a fine artist.
"My goal, if I was going to do fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, the idea of comparing yourself to someone in the past who had done so much—in your life, you’re not allowed to even think you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity."
In a way, this is why West is always getting into so much "trouble" with the media and the public at large; he believes in his work as a designer, and generally most people don't like individuals who are confident in their skills. For our part, we think many of Kanye's musings in this lecture are spot-on; watch the entire thing above, and shop his Yeezy Season 1 designs too!