In obvious recognition of his magnificence in all things man can do, the Los Angeles Trade Technical College invited Kanye West to talk to its graduating class about life and the opportunities ahead.
And Kanye, in classic Kanye style, did not sugarcoat anything. He did not talk about adventures to far-off lands or dream jobs or evenings of self-reflection. The world is brutal, and so was Kanye.
"It’s a tough world out there. You’re going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin’ employees," West said bluntly.
Kanye went on to say perhaps the truest thing ever said at graduation:
"And usually, when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most." Preach.
Kanye did talk about following your dreams, but he never said it will be easy or fun, as it’s often made out to be.
“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.’’
The speech should be mandatory viewing for all fresh-faced graduates, if only for the jolt of reality it offers.