Since the stitched-together polaroids of the "Through the Wire" video ripped the MTV and BET rug from under 50 Cent's feet in 2003, Kanye West has been a harbinger of change. Just ask Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, the community college where West has been teaching fashion design courses. TMZ reports that his stint as a prof--the result of battery charges stemming from a confrontation with a photographer at LAX--has resulted in as many as 40% more men enrolling in the fashion design program. As the maxim goes, they've got the dropout keeping kids in the school.

West's seventh solo album, So Help Me God, is expected out soon. No release date has been set, but the College Dropout rapper said in an interview with The Breakfast Club that release dates are "corny"; it has been widely speculated that he will release the record with little warning, similar to Beyonce's self-titled 2013 album. So far, he has released "All Day," the blistering, grime-tinged, Allan Kingdom-featuring song he debuted at the Brit Awards. Earlier this year, West released Paul McCartney collaborations "Only One" and "FourFiveSeconds"; the latter is expected to appear on Rihanna's forthcoming album, on which Kanye serves as executive producer. He has also played live versions of a song called "Wolves," which features Sia and Vic Mensa--and Vic has debuted at least one other collaboration between the two.

Page Six reported today that Kanye was a no-show for his scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which is filming in Austin this week for SXSW.