Kanye West spoke at Oxford University in England on Monday at a special event organized by the Oxford Guild Business Society. Yeezus spoke to 350 Oxford University students on Monday afternoon candidly about his music, his ego and his reputation. While Kanye banned mobile phones from his talk in order to stop students taking pictures of him, he also spoke in a room with no microphones, tables or chairs because he thought it was “aesthetically better.” Speaking for 20 minutes Kanye started the talk with some instructions, he said “OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.”
Over 5000 students balloted for tickets which were released on Sunday night, the evening before West was due to speak. The Oxford Guild Society said in a statement that they had spent “many hours negotiating against the odds and keeping things under wraps”, adding that West had agreed to speak at “short notice”.
According the student newspaper The Tab, Kanye said: "People say I've got a bad reputation. I think I've got the best reputation in the building." Talking about fine art the rapper claimed that had he pursued a career in fine art, he would have liked to “become Picasso or greater”.
West was candid in his remarks, at one point saying his “Achilles’ heel” is his ego. “And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”
And speaking about Obama, Kanye said: “Obama calls the home phone, by the way.”