1551: All done. VERSA leaves inspired.
1551: Kanye done, everyone clapping
1549: Kanye claims that clothing should be like food ‘there should never be a $5000 sweater. All the talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so fucking serious about this concept that I will stand in front of everyone and fight for it. I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like not to be able to have. People say to me, ‘you’re successful, what are you crying about.’ I’m crying about the people, their daughters, our family. What good is anything that everyone can’t have. They think that we’re done with racism. What about elitism? What about separatism? what about classism?’
1545: ‘I’m nowhere near as smart as either of my parents. Just 5 years ago my dad stayed at a homeless shelter to help – he worked on an idea of good water and created water distillers …and he put together this ‘good water distiller cafe’ where kids could also get homes, read, get on the internet – I remember calling him and he was busy nailing the planks of wood together himself. I gave him some money to work on the idea. I remember when I was young and I saw my dad working on a computer. And I remember the guy that he was working with ended up being a bad guy, telling him to start a computer company. And the people that he found didn’t match up to his vision. But the success is that his successor will be successful in his lifetime. I’m successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people. But in learning that, growing up middle class, it’s something that’s beating out of my chest and screams out I WAS MIDDLE CLASS AND I DIDN’T GET TO SEE ANY OF THIS SHIT! So beauty has been taken from the people and sold back to them under the concept of luxury.’
1543: ‘My momma taught me – if I was in a grocery store out by myself, and a stranger grabbed my hand, SCREAM AT THE TOP OF YOUR FUCKING LUNGS! So I’m at a work show and a stranger grabs my hand and says ‘we’re gonna use these lights’, I’ll scream at the top of my fucking lungs. People say I have a bad reputation. I think I got the best reputation in the building. Because they want you to sit in the corner of the class and not fight for your ideas out of fear for being ridiculed’
1542: Kanye describes his team as ‘the four biggest egomaniacs forced to work together’
1540: ‘One of my biggest problems have been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.’
1538: Kanye says Nicki Minaj ‘kicked his ass’ on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He described it as his ‘magnum opus’ where he was ‘beat by a girl’
1538: ‘You guys are being taught without you knowing it ways to separate yourselves, which makes it easier to be controlled.’
1537: Kanye jokes about his two ‘free throws’ mentioning brand names today
1536: ‘Imagine a world with no war, a world where everyone’s main focus was to help someone else. I was joking with an interviewer earlier today – they need to do an awards show for the Nobel Peace Prize.’
1532: ‘You’re looking for this moment where you sit in your BMW and you look at all of the work that you’ve done and how big your house is, and somehow you think you’re gonna get that level of joy that my daughter had when she was seeing those wolves. But it feels empty to everyone who reaches that point. You know, this concept of a selfish human – this idea of separation by race or gender or religion or age…People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She’s only doing good if your daughter’s doing good. We’re all one family. Literally, last names aside. And we have the ability to approach our race like ants or like crabs. And it’s so many ideas that create the vision. This is a generation that is far less racist – white people listen to rap, say ‘nigger’ in the privacy of their own home. So that idea is past. Obama’s President, Beyonce’s great – that’s past. But there’s still something that you’re being taught every day, and especially in the UK. And that’s the division by class.’
1530: ‘That idea of joy – we’ve been sold a concept of joy through advertising – it’s not the concept of time with family, with friends, the little time we have on earth and what we do with it – it’s somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag. Time is the only luxury. It’s the only thing we can’t get back.’
1528: ‘Now I understand that I’m just serving, and with my voice and my ability to build relationships, and call Elon Musk or Obama out of the blue – Obama calls the home phone, by the way – with that I have a responsibility to serve. Why I say the Matrix is like the Bible and what is my definition of the Matrix?
‘I like my daughter playing with quality toys that have had love put in them. An artist bought my daughter these three wolves, and when my daughter saw these wolves, I’ve never seen her happier than this moment. And that level of happiness seems to be the thing that we’re fighting for every day, especially in America’
1527: ‘When you’ve lost the ideal of holding on to that concept, you can leave the mountaintop finally, and walk down and readjust and see what your position on earth can be’
1526: ‘Steve Jobs is my favourite person ever’, but criticises his lack of collaboration. ‘Ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.’ Need to work together to fix civilisation.
1525: Kanye talks about the last few months – lots of things have creatively come to a head that have been in a pipeline for years
1522: ‘I said to Steve McQueen ‘the Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age’. When a thousand guys come at Neo, that’s opinions attacking you from every which angle possible. But if you have a focus why, and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion. And it’s felt to me as first-hand experience … Is it still february?’
‘…me and my team would look at each other – by the way I don’t know days of the week – and say ‘it’s still february’, for the sheer amount of work that we were able to put in the world.’
1521: ‘We are all artists – we put our head down at the back of the class for fear that people might laugh at our ideas.’
1519: ‘What I was talking about was a band of thinkers who could somehow remove religion, race, gender, politics and come together to repair a broken planet. We have the resources as a civilisation. What I’ve noticed about creators is – not only did I want to design videogames or make music, I think one of the most important things for my ability to create so much is my desire to play sport. If I had a drawing, I would react like a jock – ‘LOOK AT THAT FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE, YEAH!”
1517: ‘I didn’t used to feel inspired at art school – the idea of being a fine artist, it’s a really difficult profession to get into’
‘My goal, if I was gonna do fine art, I would have become Picasso. When you think about someone who’s done that much, in your life you’re not allowed to think you could do that much. That idea suppresses humanity.’
1516: ‘A lot of people don’t realise i went to art school age 5 and had a scholarship to art school’
1515: Kanye tells us not to ‘throw off his stream of consciousness’
1514: Someone asks q: ‘reflect on progression from College Dropout to Yeezus – your aesthetic and how it’s progressed’
1513: Table is removed for Kanye!
1512: Abbas reveals 5000 balloted
1512: Kanye talking quietly to guild gimps
1511: KANYE ENTERS TO STANDING OVATION – LOOKS UNIMPRESSED
1509 KANYE INCOMING
1508: Guild gimps hushing us up
1504: The guaranteed ‘400 person venue’ definitely has a max capacity of 300. #maths
1502: BREAKING NEWS: Our Glorious Leader Louis Trup is in the building
— Louis 'OUSU' Trup (@OUSU_Pres) March 2, 2015
1501: lecture theatre not even full yet. Probably about 100 people here
1459: Despite initial doubts that this might just be one monumental troll by Abbas, it has now been confirmed that Kanye is, in fact, in the building. We have also been informed that anyone with a mobile phone ‘will be removed’.
1458: One student who has ALREADY MET Kanye today described how he was ‘forceful’ and ‘took control’. Powerful stuff.
1458: ABBAS KAZMI ACTUALLY INSIDE VENUE
1455: VERSA has learned that The Tab are also doing a liveblog. Move over, losers – you know who to sip your cup of tea with
1452: VERSA has managed to secure entry to the building and are now waiting in a drab lecture theatre for the arrival of the hip-hop king.
We have already witnessed one hero from LMH attempting to gain entry disguised as a staff member. Tragically, he was found out and his mission thwarted.
Members of the guild are gimping around up front. More to follow