Earlier this year, Kanye West took time out of his busy schedule of post-apocalyptic clothes designing and planning presidential bids to speak at the Oxford Guild. While we previously brought you a round-up of the best quotes from Kanye’s lecture, the actual video of the event was just uploaded for the first time.
Among the stereotypically uplifting Kanye-isms is ‘Ye’s insistence that it’s okay to think of your own work among the all-time greats.
“That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life, you’re not allowed to even think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.”
Kanye also explained one of the driving forces behind his creativity, namely treating it like a competition or a sport.
“I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing, I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THAT F*CKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE, YEAH!”
And there’s also Kanye admitting that Nicki Minaj smoked him on “Monster.”
“One of the most memorable things about MBDTF was Nicki Minaj, and the fact that she kicked my ass, on my own song, on one of the best albums… the best album – I’m just saying what the critics said – of the last 25 years. The best album of the past 25 years that I spent a year and a half making, out there… to be beat by a girl, basically.”
The whole video is worth a watch just to hear Kanye comparing being beset on all sides by haters to The Matrix and the Bible. And making a fairly convincing case while he does it.