Kanye West’s fans have been offered a refund through Ticketmaster. He was 90 minutes late to the Saturday night concert and disappointed fans after performing only three songs. Much of his time on stage was spent venting about politics, specifically Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He also talked about Jay-Z and Beyonce a bit. What fans wanted to hear was recent and vintage Kanye. Even the loyalists have probably had enough.
Often, people can understand eccentricities, rants, and even ravings, but patience can run short, especially when time and money are concerned. The show was at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and the price range of the tickets was $26 to $135, per CNN.
I’m not a Kanye fan, but I do like one of his songs, “Jesus Walks.” We’re going back to the early part of the 21st century with that one, but I have followed West’s personal life over a number of years and he, seemingly, needs help. It’s not that the rapper, designer, and entrepreneur didn’t have any issues years ago. Of course, he did because we all do. It is part of the human condition.
Kanye’s current issues may have to do with his mother’s untimely death in 2007 and his feeling of guilt over it. He once said that after she passed away, it was “like losing an arm and a leg and trying to walk through that,” noted Hollywood Life. He also said that if he had not moved to Los Angeles, his mom would have never died. He may feel still feel responsible and that type of hurt and pain does not go away without working it through with a therapist, pastor, or some other objective third party who can help. It is easy to say that Kanye is arrogant, wants attention or that his life has become an internet meme, but having money, fame, or being married to someone that you love doesn’t preclude a person from the effects of mental anguish or extreme grief.
— Bishop Jordan Hays (@BishHays97) November 11, 2016
However, I know and saw clearly that Donda West, Kanye’s late mother, was not only his manager but his friend, adviser, and a stabilizing force in his life. He loved her unconditionally. Those who think of West as a thug or person who was raised on the streets of Chicago are wrong. There is nothing thuggish, hoodish, or street about Kanye. He was raised by a mother who had a Ph.D. in English and was the chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, a historically black university.
His dad, Ray West, was a former Black Panther who later became a master’s level Christian counselor. Although his parents divorced when Kayne was 3-years-old, he still had a relationship with his father and spent summers with him. The rapper attended a suburban high school, was a good student, and received a scholarship to an art academy. He began rapping and writing at an early age. From the art school, he transferred to CSU but eventually dropped out to pursue a career in music. Hence, the title of his first album — College Drop Out. His mother wanted him to finish school but later conceded that he could indeed make it in the music business. She left her position at CSU to manage her son’s career.
“last night I saw you in my dreams, and now I can’t wait to go to sleep.”
RIP Donda West pic.twitter.com/qif5qkEONA
— JL (@Lundywho) November 11, 2016
The circumstances surrounding Donda West’s death are sad. She opted to have elective surgery, liposuction, and a breast lift, after being told by one surgeon that she needed a medical clearance from a cardiologist to proceed. She found another doctor who performed the surgery and she died shortly afterwards. Before his mom died, Kanye was engaged to model Alexis Phifer. She is a woman whom his mother liked very much, but after his mom’s death, his relationship with Alexis ended. He made other personal and career choices and is now married to Kim Kardashian and has two beautiful children.
One thing that I hope and pray for Kanye is peace in his life and the ability to resume creating on a high level. I also pray that someone in his inner circle would be strong enough to let him know that he needs professional help, which doesn’t mean he’s weak but that he recognizes that he can’t go it alone. Hopefully, there are those around him who will encourage him to actively seek what he needs. One day, a Kanye will emerge who is an even better version of vintage Kanye. Meanwhile, genuine fans should try to understand, pray, and send positive thoughts.
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