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Christopher Rosen
May 30, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Kanye West returned to Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Friday night — the school where West taught after being ordered to serve community service following a scuffle with a photographer — to address this year’s graduates.

“It’s a tough world out there. You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin’ employees,” West said during the speech, before hitting the money line: “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 West’s full speech, via Complex, below.

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