Kanye West paid tribute to his late mother Donda with a short, new song named after her, which he released Sunday evening to mark what would’ve been her 71st birthday.
“Donda” features the former teacher reciting KRS-One’s “Sound of Da Police” over swirling gospel vocals. After a minute-and-a-half of the West matriarch, her son jumps in with a new verse, speaking directly to his mom: “Mama I need you to tuck me in/I done made some mistakes and they rubbed it in/I know you and grandma had enough of them/Why I gotta be so stubborn then.”
The “Donda” video primarily comprises archival footage, though West’s new verse is paired with old video of Kanye and Donda rapping the former’s Late Registration track “Hey Mama” together. West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, also shared the clip of them rapping together on Sunday, as well. You can check the “Donda” video out below.
In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday 🕊 My mom reciting KRS1 lyrics This song is called DONDA pic.twitter.com/YWKhqYYu2E
— ye (@kanyewest) July 13, 2020
Donda West died in 2007 at the age of 58. The cause of death was heart disease allegedly spurred by “multiple post-operative factors” after receiving plastic surgery. At the time of her death, she was heavily involved with her son’s career, working as his general manager and overseeing West Brands LLC and the Kanye West Foundation. Since her death, West has established the creative company DONDA in her honor.
This marks the third song West has released over the past few weeks. He made his return last month with the announcement of his tenth studio album, ‘God’s Country’, and the release of the album’s lead single, “Wash Us In The Blood’” featuring Travis Scott. It is unknown at the time of writing whether “Donda” will also feature on the album.
In addition to “Wash Us In The Blood”, West also features on the latest single from Ty Dolla $ign, “Ego Death”. The song enlisted a smorgasbord of collaborators, including FKA twigs, serpentwithfeet and Skrillex.