“My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate
But still supported me when I did the opposite”
-Kanye West, “Hey Mama” Late Registration
I have so much respect for Kanye.
I know he’s a very polarizing figure, but that’s what great art is ! Art that truly means something is suppose to make us feel, think and want to react to it.
Great art changes everything.
And art can only be great when it is tempered by unwavering persistence and a strong support system.
You can feel the love that Donda West has for her son. You can also see the intelligence that she possesses. She truly is an educator.
My two favorite stories in this book are when he was asking his mama about proper english. He was saying something and was wondering if it was proper. Donda told him “It depends. Language is situational.”
“If you’re in a room full of people and everyone is speaking Ebonics and you break out with the Queen’s English, super proper, then even if you’re speaking so-called correct English, you’re not correct. ”
To communicate effectively, you have to speak so that people can understand you.”
What a powerful quote. A message is only effective when it is understood. And you have to fit it into the situation.
Another great Kanye story is when he was seven years old. He was already showing signs of not accepting losing. There was a talent show when he was dressed up as Stevie Wonder singing, “I Just Called To Say, I Love You” He knew he deserved to win that show. He’s been practicing non-stop.
But no, right before it got to his favorite part, the guy running the music cut him off. Kanye was pissed !
“I WASN’T DONE!!!!” He told his mom the whole ride home
“I know, Kanye. It was a mistake. There will be another talent show next year.” Donda told him.
“You will win the next one.”
He came back and won every talent show after that. He did not stop because of adversity. He used it as motivation to come back even better.
A strong support system can make the biggest difference in the life of an artist.
Especially when there’s a really strong fire burning there already.
R.I.P. Donda West
Thank you for being awesome and thank you for raising one of the greatest musicians of our generation.