The Kanye West speech thanks the Art Institute of Chicago after receiving an honorary doctorate degree. The self-described pop artist is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter and record producer. He has released six studio albums with a seventh, SWISH, to be released in 2015. As a producer he worked with several well-known artists and albums, including Jay-Z's The Blueprint in 2001. In 2004 he released his debut album, College Dropout. He is one of the best-selling musical artists in history and to date has received 21 Grammy Awards.
In addition to music, Kanye West is an entrepreneur and fashion designer. In the Kanye West speech he references many of his accolades, including a creative journey he went on that involve his dabbling in apparel.