nah : 03.2015 : Kanye West Rails Against Class Divisions (Culture & Sociology, Music)
“What good is anything that everyone can’t have?” he said at the end of the meandering lecture, according to a transcript posted on student news site The Tab Oxford. “They think we’re done with racism. What about elitism? What about separatism? What about classism?”
Despite his penchant for designer clothing — his line of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers have sold for thousands of dollars on eBay — he said the price of clothing items like sweaters, for example, should never exceed $5,000.
“You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000,” he declared. “And you know who should work on the car? The people who work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people.”
West’s net worth is estimated at $130 million, according to the Celebrity Net Worth, a site that analyzes famous entertainers’ finances. But he said he remains sensitive to the average person’s aspirations.
“I’m successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people,” he said during his Oxford speech. “But in learning that, being brought up middle-class, it’s something that is beating out of my chest. ‘Wait a second, I was middle-class, and I didn’t get to see none of this shit!’”