How Kanye West Ended Up At Harvard’s GSD (Rolling Stone Article)

Today, Rolling Stone Magazine rolled out a piece on their website detailing how rap superstar and futurist(?) Kanye West ended up at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design last Sunday in which West gave an impromptu speech to around 400 students. According the article, Kanye’s visit was apparently at the request of the Graduate School of Design’s African-American Student Union who reached out to West after reading up on a past interview, in which the rapper talked about problems minorities face in design and other creative outlets. After touching down in Boston for a Yeezus tour stop, West, his team of creatives, and his fiancee Kim Kardashian met with the Student Union for a two-hour discussion in which the two parties shared various opinions on architecture topics revelant in today’s society. Later in the night, the group toured around the school’s main building Gund Hall observing architectural models and urban building plans.

Read a snippet of interview below and read the full article here. Yeezy loves the college kids! “Last week I paid a visit to the Institute/They got the Dropout keeping kids in the school.”

He also offered the student body 300 free tickets to his show that night at Boston’s TD Garden. “It was incredible,” Kaneene says of the concert. “We were talking so much about design that, by the end, we kind of forgot that he was Kanye West, the rapper. To see him in his element was really powerful.”

One thing that West didn’t get to see on his visit was Harvard’s Carpenter Center — the only building in the U.S. designed by European architect Le Corbusier, whose work West cited as a key influence on Yeezus. “His knowledge of architecture really came through in the conversation,” Kaneene says. “Corbusier came up a lot. But time flew by, and it was raining, so the Carpenter Center wasn’t able to be seen.”


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