*Dr. Kanye West addressed this year’s graduates at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Friday for LATTC’s Golden Thimble Fashion Show, a presentation of fashion students’ own work united by a predetermined theme.
The school is where West taught after being ordered to serve community service following a LAX paparazzi incident in 2014.
“It’s a tough world out there. You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin’ employees,” West said during the speech, adding: “And usually, when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”
West told the grads to “never stop fighting” no matter the obstacles. “If it’s in your gut, if it’s in your soul, there’s nothing – no worldly possessions – that should come between you and your expression,” he said.
Watch Kanye’s full speech, via Complex, below.
The rapper received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago last month for his “transformative, genre-defying work.” In his acceptance speech, West described what the honor means to him.
“This honor is gonna make your lives easier,” he said. “Two reasons: You don’t have to defend 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 cosign 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,” he continued, “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 I had a degree at the Art Institute of Chicago.”
In related news, congrats to Kanye – he’s about to become a dad for the second time!
His wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, revealed that she’s expecting their second child in the teaser following Sunday night’s mid-season finale of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”