Kanye West, along with his DONDA associate and most recently #BeenTrill# designer (+ architect) Virgil Abloh, gave Harvard design grad students a treat today by giving an empowering speech about the possibilities and power of design. We're only able to get a sense of it via the video here (UPDATE: PLUS, below), but I did take out a few quotes from it below.
But I just wanted to tell you guys: I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing t-shirts instead of buildings. But just to see the work actually be actualized.
- Kanye West
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As an architecture undergraduate myself, I can only appreciate this even more having the first-hand experience of seeing design and creativity come to fruition. I can't help but nod my head to what Kanye says here and only wish to hear more from 'Ye & Virgil on this topic.
UPDATE 2: Kanye delievered a new "rant" at the concert later that night (where he gave everyone above free tickets). As you may guess, he touches on creativity — perhaps stemming from earlier that day.
Last night, the Yeezus Tour kicked off in Seattle and everyone not in the pacific northwest has Twitter and Instagram to thank for the first glimpse into what to expect. I think the only thing I expected was something I haven't seen before... and sure enough, Kanye brings out Jesus.
I haven't seen any video of it, but it was certainly a topic on Twitter and one that Ye's tour DJ, Mano addressed.
Furthermore, we can thank Virgil Abloh and Don C for the peeks at the beginning of the Yeezus Tour. Both were active on Instagram with the former posting videos, and the latter some amazing pics that I curated below. Simply put, it looks amazing. The beams of light, the set in general (DONDA designed), and the various ways Kanye can interact with the set and dancers from just what we see below yields a lot of possibilities.
Fashion wise, you'll notice that 'Ye is rockin the Red Octobers and also a face mask in some of the photos. Don C dropped Margiela as one of his hashtags too. So, any first thoughts? I'm even more amped to experience this for myself in Chicago.
It's been a busy couple of days on the Blog, primarily featuring new interviews thanks to Kanye West(who's as engaging as ever) and Drake(who talked to everybody today, huh?). But let's get to the music, shall we? I just want to spotlight a couple artistic new music videos in this space, leading off with Drizzy's surprise action-packed, guns ablazing, kidnap rescue short film for "Hold On, We're Going Home". He celebrates the release of Nothing Was The Same today by giving us a collective, "wait, what?" moment, but there's no denying that this video was entertaining.
The other couple big music video releases today were courtesy of A$AP Rocky, who makes a cameo in "Hold On" oh btw, for his "Fashion Killa", which sees Rihanna as his love interest, as directed by #Virgil Abloh# (I felt the hashtags were a nice touch.) Plus, Miley Mania continues as she stars in "23" with Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa for Mike Will's new video, where she dons of the jersey of the G.O.A.T. (and sparks cringes from Bulls fans everywhere). ICYMI, watch above, below, and hit all the categories for even more new music and interviews.