Kanye West was in Chicago this weekend to do more than just perform “All Day” at the Bulls game. The Chicago native is set to receive an honorary doctoral degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and on Sunday, he stopped by the institution for a Q&A session with some seemingly excited students.
Complex uploaded audio from the speech, giving non-attendees a full picture of what West discussed in his insightful lecture. During the hour, the Grammy winner talked all about the value of art, building up a business and even touched on the state of Chicago violence.
When an audience member tearfully asked West for guidance, having lost two friends to violence, the rapper responded by saying, “I’m speechless. I don’t have the answer to that. I can only just listen to you and feel and understand what we’re dealing with here. And I can’t say that anything that I do or say will be the end-all be-all difference. I mean, we could just try. Yeah, I’m not even gonna try to give any politically correct answer that makes it seem like, after I say it, it’s all good—‘cause it’s not all good; it’s f–ked up out here.”
For a full transcription of the speech, head on over to Complex.
UPDATE: Kanye West just became Dr. West. The rapper was all smiles as he received his honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday. During his speech, he joked about George W. Bush’s portraits and opened up about his nerves as well as his plans to make all of our lives easier. DNAInfo Chicago managed to get the whole thing on video, which is available below.