''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 you opinion again,'' Kanye speaks
Kanye West received an received an honorary doctoral degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday, May 11.
The rapper whose late mother Dr. Donda West was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, later becoming the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, gave a strong speech at the podium of one of the most prestigious universities of art in America.
Read Kanye's speech:
''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 you opinion again (laughs). You should not be sorry for your opinions!'
''George Bush (pauses as the audience laugh) has some very cool self-portraits. I didn't know he 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 honoured, a humanization, a reality, of being recognized, and all I thought as I sit here kinda shaking a little bit, is, I need to get rid of that feeling! I need to not be nervous.'
''This honor is gonna make your lives easier. Two reasons; you don’t have to defend me as much (laughs) and, I’m gonna 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. Where there's the co-sign of Paul McCartney grabbing me, and saying ‘It’s OK, 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 spaces, apparel, film, performance, it would have been easier if I could have said that I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. Thank you.''