Kanye West to Oxford Students: 'If I Can Remove My Ego, I Think There's Hope For Everyone'

The 37-year-old rapper delivered a powerful speech at the Oxford Guild Society at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Monday, March 2.

AceShowbiz - %cKanye West% gave a powerful speech at at the Oxford Guild Society at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Monday, March 2. During his speech, he banned cellphones during his speech in order to stop student taking pictures of him, but some of them took it and posted it on Twitter. The university student newspaper The Tab Oxford posted the transcript of Kanye's speech.

Kanye opened up about his regrets that he didn't attend college. "Today was the first time I realized, if I could have done it again I would have gone to the Art Institute over the American Academy of Art, I would have researched where I could have got the best and the strongest education. My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater."

"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 even allowed to think that you can do as much. That's a mentality that suppresses humanity," he continued.

%cKim Kardashian%'s husband argued, "We have the resources as a civilization to find a utopia, but we're led by the most greedy and the least noble. What I notice about creatives is that, and one of the reasons why I get into trouble, is, not only do I want to design video games, or make music, or ride bikes, I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports. I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE F***ING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!"

Kanye drew a comparison between the Bible and "The Matrix". "There's a Bible saying, 'No weapon formed against me shall prosper.' Recently I've been doing interviews and I've had to go back to this verse because I don't think there's a living celebrity with more weapons formed against them, but I also don't think there's one more prosperous. So what weapons have prospered? The smoke and mirrors of other opinions," he explained.

"What I said [to %cSteve McQueen%] was 'The Matrix' is like the Bible of the post-information age. I compared it like, when the hundred guys come at Neo, those are opinions, that's perception, that's tradition," he added, "Attacking people from every which angle possible. If you have a focus wide and master senseis like %cLaurence Fishburne% and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion."

Kanye also cited "The Cosby Show", President Barack Obama and %cBeyonce Knowles%. "This is a generation that is far less racist - yes, small remnants remain of even thinking of calling something of a racial slur," he said, "White people that listen to rap say 'n***er'...in the privacy of their own home. That idea [racism], has passed. We've had 'The Cosby Show', Obama's president, Beyonce's great... that's passed. But there's still something you're taught every day, especially in the U.K., and that's division by class. Our main focus, in my opinion...Imagine a world with no war, and imagine if everyone's main focus, more so than going out to a club, their main focus was to help someone else."

During his speech, Kanye admitted %cNicki Minaj% was better than him. "You know, %cChris Rock% and everyone else at every single media publication called 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' the best album of the last 25 years.... 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... I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile. To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined...to be beat by a girl, basically."

He later declared, "One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there's hope for everyone."

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