Kanye West Launches Twitter Rant About Fame, Fashion, Education, Jetsons
The Grammy-nominated rapper sent more than 70 messages in the span of three hours.
Kanye West had been tweeting only sporadically in the last few weeks, but the Grammy-nominated rapper went on a Twitter tear on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
In what began as a moment of clarification, West kicked off his rant at just after 10 a.m. PST, writing that his former agent Cara Lewis, who had recently left William Morris Endeavor for CAA, was not fired. Rather, he cut off professional ties with the agency after she quit. He also confirmed, as the Hollywood Reporter previously reported, that he is currently without representation.
Indeed, sources tell THR that West is looking to build a sort of "Board of Directors" to handle his business dealings going forward. In his tweets, West writes of wanting to “put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay [sic] doper than me.” Referencing his fashion line DONDA, West writes that he’s looking to assemble “a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts... app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist ... doctors, scientist,teachers.”
West tweeted over 70 messages within three hours, addressing everything from his fashion choices (“here I go again... Yeezy the trend setter or complete fucking fashion victim ... the verdict is still out”) to education ("Spike Jonze and I want to do a Summer school that tries new forms of cuuriculim [sic] … Schools should be designed to prep human beings for real life”) to the late Steve Jobs (“We need to pick up where steve jobs left off”) and awards shows such as the MTV VMAs (‘Ye would like to design them) and the Grammy Awards (“I appreciate having the most nominations at the Grammies but I feel so conflicted by the fact that award shows sometimes are completely... ...illogical”). He even left an email address (contactDONDA@gmail.com) where the Kanye team can be contacted.
West ended this rant with a quote from Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw, “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple, he tweeted. “But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
Among the other highlights of his Twitter tirade:
“Good logic tells me smile Kanye... the world likes you again... red or blue pill? ... aaaaand Swallow lol”
"Being a celebrity has afforded me many opportunities but has also boxed me in creatively."
“Instead of kicking kids out of schools for using there iPhones... why not promote it? Allow kids to use search engines to do test... like the real WORLD!!! Give kids the amount of test they would have in a year in one day but they have to get everything perfect...”
“We need to take what Michael Jackson felt and Mcqueen and Steve Jobs and we need make things better...”
"I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson [sic] movie..."
“The Watch the Throne tour was a small example of what a Donda Experience can be...”
Read all of Kanye West’s tweets chronologically from bottom to top below:
But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. ....
I just wanted to share what's been on my mind...
If anyone would like to reach out email us at contactDONDA@gmail.com
We need scientist and top world designers to directly affect governments.
There are so many broken systems from the economy to school systems jail systems... we need experts for this...
My area of expertise is in music, my passion is in music design film and products... my strength is connectivity...
I invest every dime back into creativity... hiring amazing creatives paying for flights, offices ... etc...
I know this is not a very rapper thing to say but I haven't bought a new car or piece of jewelry in about 2 years...
I sit everyday and ask what can I do to make a difference...
The adrenaline is running... I don't know if I can even get to sleep now... From Wall street to the London riots to Chicago murders...
When me and Jay toured... ever night I peered into the audience astonished by the different walks of life that came to support us.
We need to take what Michael Jackson felt and Mcqueen and Steve Jobs and we need make things better...
excuse me... I just get excited at the possibilities... the more excited I get... the more grammatical errors you'll see...
...surroundings are? I meant to say their...
Some kids have better memories than others... what about emotional IQs... what about kids who do bad in school because of how bad there..
like the real WORLD!!! Give kids the amount of test they would have in a year in one day but they have to get everything perfect...
Instead of kicking kids out of schools for using there iPhones... why not promote it? Allow kids to use search engines to do test...
UNLESS YOU'RE A MATH MAJOR!!!! Kids you should be able to take majors starting in grammar school like how it is at performing art schools
Math classes should teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, accounting and money management aaaaaand cut!!! ....
Spike Jonze and I want to do a Summer school that tries new forms of cuuriculim
Schools should be designed to prep human beings for real life.
Help education. School systems were designed to turn people into factory workers.
When I said wealthy I wanted to point out there are so many billionaires in the world that can come together and help to redesign it
We can collectively effect the world trough design. We need to pick up where steve jobs left off
We need as many amazing powerful smart talented wealthy people to be involved... Come get on board... don't just sit there... reach out
I wanted to put this in the world in hopes that the people who can actually make a difference will stand up and reach out
We're taking everything 10 steps at a time LOL!
We would also like' to design the MTV awards
This one of our projects to be released this year called 2016 OLYMPIC's ... It's a semi sic-fi since 2016 is only 4 years away : )
I'm currently working on a new 7 screen experience pic.twitter.com/4XmQmCL3
The Watch the Throne tour was a small example of what a Donda Experience can be...
5:18 am in London... My dreams keep me woke
My mom was an English teacher so I know she sends an SMDH from heaven : )
Sometimes my grammar is wrong but my thinking is right : )
It's something about coming from music that makes me so optimistic... Music travels and is not limited to only the wealthy.
I care about people who have never heard of me... There are over 7 billion people on the planet now...
This will all take time but I wanted everyones to know what I really care about... I care about people. I care about my fans..
...To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.. To marry our wants and needs.
We want to help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel.
I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me
DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford...
app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist ...
I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts...
Dr Dre redesigned headphones and made more impact off of one product.
I used to blog all the time an fit was a way to get my opinion out...
DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas...
The name of the company is DONDA
I have started a new company and I'm so excited about the name.... it's got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!....
What good is fame and prestige if you can't use it to help people... I want to help by doing what I know how to do best .. create
This is just a train of thought .. but figure it's better to read than trained thoughts
....hmmmmm what to wear... here I go again... Yeezy the trend setter or complete fucking fashion victim ... the verdict is still out
I wouldn't have the prestige I have if it wasn't partially for the Grammies validation and I honor that
Good logic tells me smile Kanye... the world likes you again... red or blue pill? ... aaaaand Swallow lol
I appreciate having the most nominations at the Grammies but I feel so conflicted by the fact that award shows sometimes are completely...
Or Coachella or Glow in the Dark or Runaway.. you know I have real ideas...
This just happened a few hours ago. I was very insulted of course becuase for anyone that's seen the Watch the Throne Tour...
I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie and someone on the call yelled out.. you should do a Jetsons tour!
Being a celebrity has afforded me many opportunities but has also boxed me in creatively.
... the teachers said I couldn't focus... I used to get kicked out of class for bringing dirty mags and drawing Nikeys in 4th grade
My Mom would wear blue jeans with a fur and an embellished "Cosby Show" sweater : ) to pick me up from school
I knew about my woman's clothing was what my Mom would wear. I guess some critics would joke that I still don't know anything LOL
It's something about making clothing that always brings me back to that point. For the first 16 or 17 years of my life the only thing...
She said I would always point to the most expensive furs even as a child LOL
I remember being 5 years old picking and my mother taking me with her shopping at the discount fur spots
This was the greatest feeling to stand in his presence in my embarrassingly small Paris studio in a courtyard opposite Collate
In Paris I met many great people in design including the master Azzedine Alaia... Azzedine even came by my studio one day : )))
... it was because of the VAT.
I still don't have a Paris VAT number to this day... I don't know what a VAT but every time I asked why we didn't have fabrics they said...
Early 2011 ... I moved to Paris and ed a small design studio... the language barrier was quite difficult...
I designed a sneaker called the YEEZY with Nike. I'm "allowed" to design 1 pair of sneakers every 2 years. I have more ideas...
After doing the first LV collection I was sure I would get a second shot to create but was never given the opportunity
I snuck to Giuseppe Zanotti Factory still under contract and learned to design woman's shoes for 2 years before my first show in Paris
I moved to Rome after I left Japan and worked at Fendi for 4 months under cover ... I was there to give ideas for the men's collection
...offered a position to at Versace wich I could not take due to my contract with LV which was for 2 years...
I moved to Japan for one month after that and designed every night in my room... I had this opportunity to intern at Fendi and was also..
To having an office in LA that was shut down after the "MTV" moment along with my tour with GAGA
To begging Bape to do my line and never making any real headway...
I've been working at this for 8 years now ...from the first offers to do urban clothing lines that I turned down...
I did the first fashion show out of my own pocket and used the money I made touring to follow my passion.
You guys might think I have some type of backing for my line but I don't.
They so you only live once but every time I come to work I feel like I'm starting a second life.
I love being back at my fashion office learning and creating. It's so challenging and fun and I'm surrounded by amazing people.
More clarity... I have no agency representing me currently... William Morris was fired after Cara lewis quit. I love Cara Lewis : )
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