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Publisher Description

As the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Donda West has watched her son grow from a brilliant baby boy with all the intimations of fame and fortune to one of the hottest rappers on the music scene. And she has every right to be proud: she raised her son with strong moral values, teaching him right from wrong and helping him become the man he is today. In Raising Kanye, Donda not only pays homage to her famous son but reflects on all the things she learned about being his mother along the way.

Featuring never-before-seen photos and compelling personal anecdotes, Donda's powerful and inspiring memoir reveals everything from the difficulties she faced as a single mother in the African-American community to her later experiences as Kanye's manager as he rose to superstardom. Speaking frankly about her son's reputation as a "Mama's Boy," and his memorable public outbursts about gay rights and President George W. Bush, Donda supports her son without exception, and here she shares the invaluable wisdom she has taken away from each experience -- passion, tolerance, patience, and above all, always telling the truth. Ultimately, she not only expresses what her famously talented son has meant to her but what he has meant to music and an entire generation.

Biographies & Memoirs
May 8
Pocket Books

Customer Reviews

#starboyXO ,

Amazing and heartwarming.

Kanye west is my absolute favorite artist. His words move me and they will always inspire me. I'm so grateful his mother got a chance to write this book, I am sure kanye misses her very much, but I know she is looking down On him everyday and smiles. I feel like I know him that much more now. I just hope I can show my kids one day who Mr. West is and who he's has helped me become. He is and amazing artist and a great human being. I will always support him and his music. Keep doing what your doing Kanye we love it!! Can't wait for the new album!!!

-Eric McKinnon

iStevieNewman ,

An Amazing Read

I've read the book cover to cover and have fallen in love. It's an amazing story of struggle, pain, joy, and happiness. She's very open and honest about stories of his childhood. It in a way teaches one to be persistent and not take "no" for an answer. I've always been a fan of Kanye but after reading this book I appreciate his music and work a lot more.