Kanye West has given a speech to graduating fashion students at a college in Los Angeles.
West made an appearance at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Friday night (May 29), taking to the stage for a speech and telling students: “It’s a tough world out there. You gotta prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin’ employees, and usually, when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”
The rapper continued: “Even for me as a successful musician, in order to make the transition, it was really all but impossible. People always try to box you in to what they know you best for,” he continued. “I feel extremely honored to see new talent fighting or their voice.”
West had been serving community service by lecturing at the college. Watch footage of West’s speech below.
Meanwhile, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that she received death threats after booking Kanye West to headline this year’s festival.
Ye’s appearance was confirmed in March by Eavis herself, who tweeted the news. But in what has resembled the backlash sparked by the booking of Jay Z in 2008, some festival-goers have been angered by the selection, with an online petition calling for Kanye to be replaced by a rock band attracting more than 133,000 signatures.
In a new interview with The Times, Eavis, who organises the festival with her father, Glastonbury founder Michael, has asserted that attracting West is “an amazing coup”, but said some of the abuse she’s received has been “just horrible”.
“I had death threats and stuff. It was just horrible. It was just crazy. It was getting out of control. We had Time magazine, all the American news channels saying they were going to come down. This incredible onslaught worldwide.”
“It was quite upsetting because we were talking about something that was so exciting and interesting and fresh and brilliant for the festival. Kanye West is making the most exciting music at the moment. He is an amazing force as a performer. For us, getting the biggest star in the world was an amazing coup.” [NME]