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Kanye West releases emotional song and music video ‘in loving memory’ of his late mother Donda

Kanye West releases emotional song and music video ‘in loving memory’ of his late mother Donda


Kanye West took to Twitter on Sunday night to release a new track dedicated to his late mother Donda West, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 58.   

‘In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday,’ tweeted the 43-year-old rapper, who uploaded a coinciding music video featuring footage from his childhood.

The emotional song – titled DONDA – is presumed to appear on Kanye’s forthcoming album God’s Country.  

 

Dedication: Kanye West took to Twitter on Sunday night to release a new track dedicated to his late mother Donda West, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 58

Dedication: Kanye West took to Twitter on Sunday night to release a new track dedicated to his late mother Donda West, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 58

For the first minute and 30-seconds of the track, Kanye’s mother can be heard reciting the lyrics to rapper KRS-One’s hit song Sound Of Da Police as a gospel-style track hummed in the background. 

‘There could never really be justice on stolen land / Are you really for peace and equality? / Or when my car is hooked up, you know you want to follow me,’ read Donda passionately.

As she continues to read, vintage b-roll dominates the screen, including haunting footage of a printing press featuring faintly superimposed video of a concerned looking African-American woman.

Footage of a young African-American boy peddling up a hill on his bicycle appears, but is soon replaced by footage of an African-American mother walking with her children.

Throwback: 'In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday,' tweeted the 43-year-old rapper, who uploaded a coinciding music video featuring footage from his childhood

Throwback: ‘In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday,’ tweeted the 43-year-old rapper, who uploaded a coinciding music video featuring footage from his childhood

DONDA: The emotional song - titled DONDA - is presumed to appear on Kanye's forthcoming album God's Country

DONDA: The emotional song – titled DONDA – is presumed to appear on Kanye’s forthcoming album God’s Country

Dear Mom: At one particularly emotional point of the song, Kanye directly addresses him late mother and confronts his stubborn nature

Dear Mom: At one particularly emotional point of the song, Kanye directly addresses him late mother and confronts his stubborn nature

Donda continues: ‘Your laws are minimal / Cause you won’t even think about lookin’ at the real criminal / This has got to cease / Cause we be getting hyped to the sound of da police!’ 

Tribal imagery hijacks the video’s initial Urban vibe, before audiences are fed a myriad of Black people living their day-to-day lives in a country abroad.

A brief interaction between a Black police officer and a motorist plays out on screen before Kanye is seen roaming around on a beach. 

Kanye's moment: Donda's powerful delivery of KRS-One's lyrics comes to an end at the one-minute and 30-second mark, in which Kanye jumps in

Kanye’s moment: Donda’s powerful delivery of KRS-One’s lyrics comes to an end at the one-minute and 30-second mark, in which Kanye jumps in

Powerful: 'The devil is using you, confusing you / Our job is to understand who is who / righteous indignation in this nation / we gon' start a revolution in this basement,' raps Kanye as he is seen tying a hoodie to a tree

Powerful: ‘The devil is using you, confusing you / Our job is to understand who is who / righteous indignation in this nation / we gon’ start a revolution in this basement,’ raps Kanye as he is seen tying a hoodie to a tree

Donda’s powerful delivery of KRS-One’s lyrics comes to an end at the one-minute and 30-second mark, in which Kanye jumps in. 

‘The devil is using you, confusing you / Our job is to understand who is who / righteous indignation in this nation / we gon’ start a revolution in this basement,’ raps Kanye as he is seen tying a hoodie to a tree 

Kanye continues: ‘And at the end of the day as truth [presses] / y’all had your statistics and all your goofy questions

Vintage: For the first minute and 30-seconds of the track, Kanye's mother can be heard reciting the lyrics to rapper KRS-One's hit song Sound Of Da Police as a gospel-style track hummed in the background

Vintage: For the first minute and 30-seconds of the track, Kanye’s mother can be heard reciting the lyrics to rapper KRS-One’s hit song Sound Of Da Police as a gospel-style track hummed in the background

Innocence: Footage of a young African-American boy peddling up a hill on his bicycle appears

Innocence: Footage of a young African-American boy peddling up a hill on his bicycle appears

Motherhood: ...but is soon replaced by footage of an African-American mother walking with her children

Motherhood: …but is soon replaced by footage of an African-American mother walking with her children

‘Y’all had your fake leaders, don’t worry we got it / it only takes 21 days to break a habit’

At one particularly emotional point of the song, Kanye directly addresses him late mother and confronts his stubborn nature.  

Donda West’s tragic death – which took place in November of 2007 – resulted from complications from cosmetic surgery. 

‘Momma I need you to tuck me in / I done made some mistakes and they rubbed them in / I know you and Grandma had enough of them / Why I gotta be so stubborn, then?’

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Tribal: Tribal imagery hijacks the video's initial Urban vibe

Tribal: Tribal imagery hijacks the video’s initial Urban vibe

Day-to-day: Audiences are also fed footage of a myriad of Black people living their day-to-day lives in an unknown country abroad

Day-to-day: Audiences are also fed footage of a myriad of Black people living their day-to-day lives in an unknown country abroad

As he raps the thoughtful lines, a vintage video of the rapper and his mother enjoying a laugh together appears on screen.

In the video, Kanye can be seen rapping inaudibly next to his visibly proud mom before placing his arm around her and gesturing the camera to aim in her direction.

The song concludes abruptly with the husband of Kim Kardashian explaining how he hopes ‘to end racism once and for all.’

 

Law and order: A brief interaction between a Black police officer and a motorist plays out on screen before Kanye is seen roaming around on a beach

Law and order: A brief interaction between a Black police officer and a motorist plays out on screen before Kanye is seen roaming around on a beach

Before the video ends, old footage of a baptism appears and a woman is submerged in water.  

DONDA’s impromptu release comes nearly two-weeks after the release of Kanye’s track Wash Us In The Blood featuring fellow rapper Travis Scott.

Wash Us In The Blood was announced the lead single for Kanye’s upcoming God’s Country, but whether or not DONDA will appear on the album is unknown.

God’s Country will be the rapper’s tenth studio album. 

West shocked his fans, when he announced on the Fourth Of July that he would be running for president in 2020 election.

Conclusion: The song concludes abruptly with the husband of Kim Kardashian explaining how he hopes 'to end racism once and for all'

Conclusion: The song concludes abruptly with the husband of Kim Kardashian explaining how he hopes ‘to end racism once and for all’

Baptism: Before the video ends, old footage of a baptism appears and a woman is submerged in water

Baptism: Before the video ends, old footage of a baptism appears and a woman is submerged in water



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