Kanye West delivered a speech to the fashion students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on May 29th. The rapper offered his advice to the recent fashion graduates, as they took part in the college’s Golden Thimble Fashion Show. “It’s a tough world out there. You gotta prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin’ [sic] employees. Usually when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most. Never stop fighting, no matter how they try to compromise your vision,” West told the graduates. He also talked to the students about his rough time breaking into the fashion industry. “Even for me as a successful musician, in order to make the transition, it was really all but impossible. People always try to box you in to what they know you best for,” West stated. The rapper told the audience that he was honored to be in the room with those who are fighting to be a part of the fashion world.
This summer, West will take the stage at Atlanta’s Birthday Bash concert. The Grammy-winner has been named as one of the headliners for the event, which will be held at Philips Arena on June 20th. Birthday Bash 20 will also feature performances by Wale, Future, Ludacris, Soulja Boy, Bun B, Rae Sremmurd, Big Boi, B.o.B., Migos, K. Camp, Kevin Gates, and more artists will be announced at a later date. This will be West’s third time performing at Birthday Bash; his other appearances at the concert were in 2005 and 2010.
West will make an appearance at another music festival in the month of June too. The rapper is headlining Glastonbury Festival in the UK, which will take place from June 24th through the 28th. The rapper’s headlining event sparked a lot of controversy, due to the fact that the festival is most known for being an event centered around rock music. Despite the controversy, which included a petition that aimed to get West removed from the festival, Emily Eavis (Glastonbury co-organizer) doesn’t regret asking West to headline the festival.
Eavis’ decision to keep West on the artist lineup has come at a high cost. “I had death threats and stuff. It was just horrible. It was just crazy. It was getting out of control,” she told The Times. Eavis stated that she is very upset by all of the negativity surrounding West’s appearance, and she had hoped people would realize what a brilliant talent the rapper is, instead of focusing on his genre of music.Glastonbury 2015 will also feature performances by Foo Fighters (headliner), Mary J. Blige, The Who (headliner), Pharrell Williams, Florence + the Machine, FKA Twigs, ALT-J, Patti Smith, Flying Lotus, Ryan Adams, and countless other artists.