Kanye “Ye” West and his mother, Donda West, had a very close relationship. Growing up, the Chicago rapper shared his time between his divorced parents, preferring to stay with his mother. On an MTV special in 2005, he added, “But the rest of that time, my mum was my everything.” Donda supported her son’s creative endeavors, which had a significant impact on Ye. “This is my mother’s picture. I really like her. He remarked on MTV’s “Diary” that she is “my best buddy in the entire world.” “the year 2004.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the two were so close that when Donda launched her book “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star,” she believed it would be poorly received because the two had no friction. Donda died in 2007 as a result of complications from cosmetic surgery. Ye still missed his mother a decade after her death, wishing she could have spent more time with his children. “Having those kids running around that house and being able to go out and buy them toys would have been the most joyful moment of her life,” he stated on David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” in 2019.
Ulysses Blakely, a man who dated Donda, claimed that her death was the source of many of Ye’s mental problems. In 2020, he informed Page Six, “He has not recovered from the loss of his mother.” Ye graciously paid tribute to Donda on Mother’s Day to indicate she was still on his mind.
Kanye “Ye” West released the music video for “Life of the Party” on May 8, which was included on his album “Donda,” which was titled after his late mother Donda West. The Mother’s Day visuals contained old images of the rapper as well as a couple shots of Donda. According to Genius, Ye raps on the melancholy single, “If there’s a heaven, you’d think they’d let you talk to your son.” The video uses deepfake technology to make it appear that vintage images of the “Runaway” musician are rapping.
Outkast’s André 3000 was initially approached to appear on the single because the notion fascinated him. “His notion to produce a musical homage to his mother inspired me,” André 3000 stated in a statement to Variety. “It felt right to promote the ‘Donda’ notion by referring to my own mother, who died in 2013,” he continued. Unfortunately, the song became embroiled in controversy after Ye added a verse criticizing Drake. André was surprised because he had expected the message to be about their deceased mothers.
When it came to creating the visuals for “Life of the Party,” Ye had a lot of Donda photos to chose from. After her passing, DJ Khaled told the Chicago Tribune, “There are always photographs of him and his mother.” “His mum is everything to him. He had a special relationship with her; they were best friends.”