is the most polarizing artist of our generation. He is easy to love or hate depending on your viewpoint, but the haters come as equally strong as the fanatics. Sometimes, even for a Kanye fan, it can become hard to remember why we fell in love with the man. His contradictory statements and obsession with remaining in the spotlight akin to his wife Kim Kardashian can be at times frustrating. It is, however, refreshing when we get a glimpse into the old Kanye to remember the bright spirit that he has always been, and may still have been if certain tragedy had not struck his life. In this case, it was the death of his mother Donda West.
Kanye has openly stated many times that his mother highly influenced him as an artist, even allowing him to drop out of college to pursue his dreams of hip-hop stardom. After her passing, the highly revolutionary 808's & Heartbreak
was composed based off the distress he felt for her, including the great album closer "Coldest Winter". So when a video of Kanye circa The Late Registration
era came out of him talking politics and rap with his mother, it was obviously going to be a tear jerker.
The video features Kanye and Donda rapping along together, showing her fanhood. It is easy to see where Kanye's socio-political commentary on black culture comes from as his mom is clearly educated and similar in his beliefs. Her rapping lines along with him is funny, cute, and something I wish I could get my mother to do. As "Hey Mama", his ode to her, begins to blast, you can see the true joy and love in their bond. It's sad to see, but it's also beautiful that it happened.
Check out the video below and get the tissue box ready.