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Yeezy Taught Me: What his DONDA rant showed me

January 10, 2012 · Posted in reviews · 18 Comments 

January 5th I find myself on my Twitter timeline, per usual. As I scroll down the list and read what the lovely people I follow are thinking, I notice that Kanye is on his rant tip.  What could it be this time? Another public apology to Taylor Swift? No. A bunch of consecutive tweets about some sort of art we’re supposed to appreciate? Sort of. A brilliant showing of using his prestigious prowess for inspiration and innovation? Yes. Say what you want about the guy, but can you truly hate on him for what he’s saying he wants to do here? It all makes sense, and some of what he said I’ve been saying for years. There are many great thinkers and talented people out there that are constricted creatively by the confines of today’s curriculum.

Math classes should teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, accounting and money management aaaaaand cut!!! ….

I couldn’t agree more, Kanye. One of the most important aspects of our life isn’t taught to us as an important class growing up. How to manage your money. Instead we’re left with requirements that involve all types of equations that the general public will not use in their lifetime. People have been preaching to me for years that you use math every day. Right. How often will I be using the Pythagorean Theorem or a Venn diagram? Keep it to simply what we’re going to use to get by in life. Anything past that is your choice to take classes to boost your transcript you send out to colleges and what not. I realize this isn’t exactly what Kanye was preaching, but felt that I should touch on it. I could go all day, but for your sake I will stop here. Ha.

People might see the irony in someone who is self proclaimed “sophisticatedly ignorant,” cutting up a $350,000 Maybach for a music video trying to change the world and laugh. Open your minds though people. Could he have put that money to a better use? Most definitely. But it’s almost a metaphor for what he’s trying to do with this DONDA movement. He invested in something unique and creative to express himself and for the entertainment of his fans. Now he’s trying to reach out to those fans, include them into his plans, and try to change the world. He also mentions that he hasn’t bought a car or jewelry in two years. I don’t know how much truth is in that, but it’s great to see where he invests his money. Just like 50 Cent’s “Street King” movement, it’s admirable to see them giving back.

The world is our office.

‘Ye might be on the right track here with something that he may not have mentioned as well. Hope. The hope that this thing really takes off, and people who are sick of conforming to the standard options we have in life and do their part to power a movement as innovative and unique as DONDA. For too long the hip hop community has been looked at in a negative light by the general public. DONDA has the power to change that. I know I’m not the only that one that thinks daily how I can stick it to society by just being an average student, living an average life and making a huge impact on the world. It starts with your inner circles. Hopefully Kanye can get this going and you can expand. Many of you out there have unbelievable ideas, and thoughts but just don’t have the right backing. This may be your shot. I know I believe in it, and one day hope to be contributing to this movement.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then we will each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then we will each have two ideas.

A great quote that Kanye tweeted by George Bernard Shaw. Think of the possibilities if we have thousands or even millions of ideas being exchanged. Our generation is the future, and the future starts now. So here’s to DONDA, and later in life when asked how we made this all possible, we reply with “Yeezy taught me.”

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18 Responses to “Yeezy Taught Me: What his DONDA rant showed me”

  1. MosDef on January 10th, 2012 11:21 pm

    Good read bro! Dope. Was really interesting and at first just wanted to see what it would say since I’m a ye fan, then next thing you knw i was finishing it up haha


  2. no on January 10th, 2012 11:30 pm

    How do you expect people to get involved with math-related professions(unless you expect the ones interested in mathematics to teach themselves 6 years of education) which are necessary to construct the society as you know it today , if they don’t get the proper education in high school.
    Giving people basic education only leaves them with more possibilities in their life.

    btw no diss to Kanye cuz I’m just responding to your opinion


    MosDef Reply:

    @no, ya I Can see what your saying…


    2 Reply:

    @MosDef, yes itZ sounds simply. If i have a idea… than i can use my Life like no one can took the IdeeS away, cause evrybody need to have something better 0,- € right. Now i got a pacified conscience – thank ya for the teacherS


    2 Reply:

    @2, cut and laught

    steak and chips Reply:

    Basic classes would teach the stuff ‘Ye is talking about, the rest would be taught in additional classes. Not as in extra-curricular classes, still timetabled in the standard school week, but those who aren’t book smart, but rather better manually, can do Design Tech instead, I’d have thought that this would work a hell of a lot better than our current system


    no Reply:

    @steak and chips,

    yeah we have that system in Europe ;) I also think it’s a better system than the American education system. It offers more possibilities to develop yourself according to your talents. Every system has it’s flaws though :)


    Speters13 Reply:

    @no, actually I believe that aside from certain things, much of the math I learn in high school is necessary (I’m in 12th grade). Even if we don’t use it in our everyday lives, it was good that we learned it. How would people know that they want to be engineers if they only learned basic maths? Because some people don’t need a topic later in life isn’t grounds to completely get rid of it and make kids take another class. I can guarantee you guys that if a kid was going to college and only knew basic algebra, he would not know enough to ever become an engineer. (I know I’m focusing on engineers, I’m not going to be one but I just know that they use complicated mathematics so they are my example).

    I’m not saying that Kanye is wrong, because we do learn some things that seem to exist only for like one test and we never see it again, but other things start to tie into the more complex courses that you choose to take. I’ve used the Pythagorean Theorem to great extent in Calculus this year, and it is definitely useful if I happened to choose a career involving math (I want to be a doctor).

    I could easily say that History should be taken out of our curriculum because we do not walk around quoting history. It still serves an important purpose. Some of us are not politically active, that doesn’t mean that we should not teach about how the government works. I don’t use Biology everyday, or Chemistry, yet I had to take those classes. I will be using them in college and in my career, but I didn’t know whether or not i could be a doctor without taking Biology and learning topics first.

    I don’t use poems everyday, or write research papers, but it was good that I learned them. In fact, I even begun to let it affect my taste in music, and I started appreciating the art that much rap is. It helps me distinguish between the good and bad rap (I don’t mean topic wise, but actual lyrical talent) and the artists that I feel write because they love rap.

    I understand that some people are not brain smart, or do not wish to apply themselves into these studies and that not everybody wants to be an engineer, a lawyer, or a doctor. Honestly though, if those students decided that they didn’t want to learn something because they thought they weren’t going to use it later on in life, they are deprived of the opportunity to learn that they may have a passion in something or an unfound talent. People would honestly become too lazy to want to explore further education.

    I do agree that most schools do not do enough to help students learn how to manage money, and much of the responsibility is left to parents, trial and error tactics, maybe a couple of electives, or even common sense. For instance, I’m actually starting to worry about how to pay bills or buy a house, apartment, car and things like that. I don’t mean like money management, exactly. I just don’t really know what to consider, like which taxes, insurance, and shit I have to buy with it. I know how to budget, I just don’t know total expenses and things like that, or even how to take out student loans or something.


    no Reply:

    I totally agree with what you’re saying, most ‘ignorant teenagers’ are like yeah we don’t need this. basic education comes with progress, society would be nowhere without it.


    kay Reply:

    @no, math is required for so much more than people think u couldnt even make this website, i couldnt make this comment and nobody would have a computer to see this on without it! Dont look at math as unnecessary out of everything u learn in secondary school its probably the most important.


  3. carter on January 11th, 2012 1:21 am

    dopeeee shit.


  4. Royal Swagness on January 11th, 2012 2:05 am

    Kanye sure hasn’t visited any high schools lately & asked about their ciriculm. They do have math classes they Yeezy wants high school people to learn.

    It’s called Consumers Math, Math Endeavors, & Career Based Math all different levels focus on the math you need for basic living expenses for when your living on your own without your parent or parents.


    MosDef Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, they didn’t have that shit when I was in high school haha


    chad Reply:

    @MosDef, they dont have it where im at and im in a good school lol


    tart Reply:

    @Royal Swagness,
    Geographically where are the high schools that you’re talking about? I know at least in much of the Northeast, tradition still reigns supreme in terms of classic courses such as algebra, calculus, etc.


    Matt Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, what school do YOU go to?


    YCease Reply:

    @Royal Swagness, He basing it off of Chicago High Schools… lol…


  5. RiggsDaBoiWonder on January 11th, 2012 3:17 am

    Yo Mike. I love this article. I hope DONDA really works for both the people and Kanye.

    And side note. I LOVE THE TITLE! “Yeezy Taught Me”


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