Kanye West may have developed a reputation for his social media rants, but when it comes to his mother, the 39-year-old rapper is the sweetest.
West took to Twitter on Tuesday to honor his late mother Donda West with a sweet message, as previously reported by People. Included with the birthday message is a special request from West’s daughter, North.
“Nori asked if the airplane could take her to heaven to see you for your birthday, I love you mom,” West tweeted.
The tweet came with a throwback photo of Kanye with his late mother, who died in 2007 due to complications from a surgical cosmetic procedure.
Donda, 58, a retired professor and former chairwoman of the Chicago State University English Department, was one of her son’s staunchest of supporters even amidst the controversies the “Famous” singer had faced. She raised Kanye West as a single mom.
“Kanye likes to think as a hobby and speak his own mind. He was always like that,” Donda West told InStyle. “He came out of the womb looking like he had that attitude.”
Donda teamed up with her son to develop the Kanye West Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to stymie the dropout problem in high schools back in 2005. In May, right on Mother’s Day, she released the book Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip Hop Superstar. The book contains Donda’s personal stories about raising her son, including never-before-seen photos of West growing up.
“I wrote the book because a lot of people had urged me to write something single mothers would want to read. There are sides of Kanye that not too many people know about. Kanye has a persona and a person. In the book, I talk a lot about the person Kanye West. His story is bigger than mine. I came to believe that maybe there is something that I did as a parent that might be interesting enough for another parent to consider”
In a 2015 interview with Q magazine, the father of two revealed that he blames himself for the death of his mother.
“If I had never moved to L.A. she’d be alive,” West said. “I don’t want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears.”
The Life of Pablo rapper honored his mother at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show in November by wearing a gray T-shirt with airbrushed photos of his mother and his late father-in-law Robert Kardashian printed on it. Above the airburshed photos are the words “in loving memory.”
West is not just an American rapper and social media genius, he also creates video games. At the E3 event last year, Kanye showed the trailer to his video game Only One to developers. In his address, ‘Ye told them about his “desire to go to school and learn how to create video games before he got into hip hop.”
The video game also featured his mother riding a white pegasus into the pearly gates of heaven.
“The idea is that it’s my mother going through the gates of heaven,” West said in an earlier interview. “You’ve got to bring her to the highest gate of heaven by holding her to the light.”
Since his mother’s death, Kanye West has focused on building a family with wife Kim Kardashian. He also said that his main priority is his daughter North. In the same interview, Kanye said that he had to juggle his busy work schedule while still being a loving parent for his little girl.
“While [Nori’s] here in Europe I have to have six hours a day with her because otherwise I’ll just work and she’ll get scheduled around meetings,” the “Through the Wire” performer said “Instead, the meetings get scheduled around her.”
For all the hate Kanye West receives on Twitter on a regular basis, there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that Donda would have been proud of what her son has accomplished since her death.
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