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[MP3 + LYRICS] Kanye West – Hey Mama

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This song is a ballad dedicated to Kanye West’s mom Donda West and was written in 2000. It later appeared in its final version on Kanye’s 2005 album Late Registration.

West debuted the song on Oprah with his mother in the audience. Donda liked it so much she actually made it her ringtone at the time.

Sadly, Donda passed away in 2007 of cosmetic surgery complications, and Kanye understandably broke down in tears attempting to perform this song at his next concert, but not before he had the opportunity to perform the song live for her in their kitchen in Chicago.

On the 10th anniversary of Donda West’s passing on November 10, 2017, a group of Kanye fans organized an event titled “Hey Mama Day”. The event aims to encourage fans to listen to the song with the hope of it reappearing on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s motivations were also to combat the release of Taylor Swift’s album Reputation on the anniversary, which many percieved as an intentional move in the long-standing Swift-West feud.

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[Chorus]
(Hey Mama)
I wanna scream so loud for you, ’cause I’m so proud of you
Let me tell you what I’m about to do
(Hey Mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin’ back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me
(Hey Mama)

[Verse 1]
I wanna tell the whole world about a friend of mine
This little light of mine and I’m finna let it shine
I’m finna take y’all back to them better times
I’m finna talk about my mama if y’all don’t mind
I was three years old when you and I moved to the Chi
Late December, harsh winter gave me a cold
You fixed me up something that was good for my soul
Famous homemade chicken soup, can I have another bowl?
You work late nights just to keep on the lights
Mommy got me training wheels so I could keep on my bike
And you would give anything in this world
Michael Jackson leather and a glove, but didn’t give me a curl
And you never put no man over me
And I love you for that, mommy, can’t you see?
Seven years old, caught you with tears in your eyes
‘Cause a nigga cheatin’, telling you lies, then I started to cry
As we knelt on the kitchen floor
I said mommy I’ma love you ’til you don’t hurt no more
And when I’m older, you ain’t gotta work no more
And I’ma get you that mansion that we couldn’t afford
See you’re unbreakable, unmistakable
Highly capable, lady that’s makin’ loot
A livin’ legend too, just look at what heaven do
Send us an angel, and I thank you (Hey Mama)

[Chorus]
(Hey Mama)
I wanna scream so loud for you, ’cause I’m so proud of you
Let me tell you what I’m about to do
(Hey Mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin’ back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me
(Hey Mama)

[Verse 2]
Forrest Gump mama said, “Life is like a box of chocolates”
My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate
Somethin to fall back on, you could profit with
But still supported me when I did the opposite
Now I feel like it’s things I gotta get
Things I gotta do, just to prove to you
You was getting through, can the choir, please
Give me a verse of “You Are So Beautiful To Me”
Can’t you see, you’re like a book of poetry
Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn one page and there’s my mommy
Come on mommy just dance wit’ me, let the whole world see your dancing feet
Now when I say Hey, y’all say, Mama, now everybody answer me (Hey Mama)

[Chorus]
(Hey Mama)
I wanna scream so loud for you, ’cause I’m so proud of you
Let me tell you what I’m about to do
(Hey Mama)
I know I act a fool but, I promise you I’m goin’ back to school
I appreciate what you allowed for me
I just want you to be proud of me
(Hey Mama)
[Verse 3]
I guess it also depends though if my ends low
Second, they get up you gon get that Benzo
Tint the windows, ride around the city and let ya friends know (Hey Mama)
Tell your job you gotta fake em out
Since you brought me in this world, let me take you out
To a restaurant, upper echelon
I’ma get you a Jag, whatever else you want
Just tell me what kind of S-Type Donda West like?
Tell me the perfect color so I make it just right
It don’t gotta be Mother’s Day, or your birthday
For me to just call and say: (Hey Mama)

[Chorus]
I wanna scream so loud for you, ’cause I’m so proud of you
Let me tell you what I’m about to do
(Hey Mama)
You know I love you so
I never let you go
Wrote this song just so you know
No matter where you go our love is true
Mama mama mama mama mama…
Mama mama mama mama mama…

[Produced by Jon Brion & Kanye West]

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