Kanye West tweeted out a series of posts on Sept. 9, one of which signaled he would teach a class at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. However, West will not be teaching at the school, nor have they asked him to do so.


The eccentric rapper has a prolific presence on Twitter, once even apologizing to a former colleague through the social media platform. Needless to say, it came as quite an announcement when he expressed interest in teaching at the famous Illinois-based campus.

As it turns out, however, that statement is more reflective of something West hopes to do rather than something that is happening. Speaking with the Chicago Tribune, the school’s public relations director Bree Witt said, “We’re flattered that Mr. West would have an interest in teaching emerging artists and designers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. However, Mr. West is not currently teaching at SAIC, and at this time, there are no plans for him to do so.”


While West will not be teaching young minds in the new semester, he did briefly attend classes there himself in 1997. His mother was a professor there at the time, although West ultimately dropped out to focus on his now-successful music career. Nevertheless, the school awarded West with an honorary doctorate in March 2015 for his artistic contributions.

One of West’s other tweets from the past few days seem to indicate some of his other hopeful goals, including “doing Chicago Comedy Jam” and restoring the Regal Theatre. He also insists he will open “a Yeezy office in Chicago.”

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