Kanye West is keeping the legacy of his late mom, Donda West, alive through Loop Dreams, the inaugural program of the Kanye West Foundation, which educates high school students about hip-hop culture, songwriting and producing.
“Since my mom died I’m about living to cultivate myself by traveling the world,” says the 31-year-old West.
More than 30,000 students will be treated to a special performance by Mr. West as his Kanye West Foundation hosts its second annual benefit concert at the Chicago Theater on June 11. The concert will is an effort to encourage students to stay in school.
Donda West, who instilled strong values in Kanye, wrote the best-selling book “Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar,” and she was the inspiration to West’s single “Hey Mama” from his 2005 album, “Late Registration.”
Among the lyrics: “Hey Mama, I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I’m so proud of you. I appreciate what you allowed for me. I just want you to be proud of me.”