If you have been a Kanye fan from the jump, then you know that his mom was one of his biggest supporters. The eccentric and Chicago-reppin’ emcee had one of the best mother and son bonds in hip-hop with his late mom, Donda West. Long before we got to see Drake sitting along court side with his mom at different NBA games, we got to see Donda and Kanye hand in hand on red carpets.
Donda West raised Kanye as a single parent after a divorce from her husband when Kanye was only 3 years old. The mother and son then left Atlanta and moved to Chicago. In Chicago, Donda worked as a college professor for over 30 years before leaving to be Kanye’s manager. Shortly after she wrote the tell all book, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar.
On Kanye’ sophomore album, Late Registration, he released a heartfelt song titled “Hey Mama” that showed his sincere appreciation for his mom.
Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cause I’m so proud of you.
Let me tell you what I’m about to do, Hey Mama.
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin back to school.
I appreciate what you allowed for me.
I just want you to be proud of me. Hey Mama.
Donda West did not get to see Kanye reach his full potential. She died in 2007, one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery. Many say that Kanye has not been the same since the passing of his mom. There were notable changes in Kanye’s music as well as his character. With such a strong bond between the two, no one could ever expect things to ever be the same again.