Hey Mama- Kanye West

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Kanye West is seen by many as egotistical, snobby, and abrasive, but I still consider him to be one of my all time favorite rappers.  Personally, I think Kanye West does love himself and does prefer the finer things in life, but is that really a bad thing?  Nowadays, with how low people’s self-esteems are, self-love is a concept that the public is trying to encourage.  So why shame Kanye for loving and accepting who he is?  As for living luxuriously, if you grew up having less than everyone else and were given the opportunity to live very comfortably, wouldn’t you do just that?  Kanye West, in my opinion, is a great role model.  He is ambitious, talented, hard working, and real.  He is comfortable enough with who he is and what he projects to the world that he hasn’t let the “haters” stop him from being successful.  If you really took the time to listen to Kanye’s lyrics, you would realize the deep words that he’s actually saying.  His lyrics might sound egocentric, but songs are meant to be listened to and sung along with, so when Kanye says something like “Who’s goin stop me now?” his entire audience is asking the same question.  Now, Kanye is by no means perfect, but point out a person who is.  I’m still going to listen to Kanye and appreciate the music that he makes.

And, to celebrate his birthday yesterday, here is a look at Kanye’s 2008 performance of “Hey Mama” at the Grammys, which took place just after his mother.  This is definitely one of his most overtly vulnerable songs and, in my opinion, a clearer look into his mindset.  Enjoy!

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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