Kanye’s mom, Dr. Donda West, spoke in defense of her son at the recently concluded Baltimore Book Festival. Cornered with a question about her son’s unconventional approach to hip-hop, Dr. West told the Baltimore Sun that Kanye is the paradigm of “keeping it real.”
“People say Kanye is a preppy, he’s a mama’s boy and all of these things,” said Donda West, the author of Raising Kanye. “And all of those are true, but you can’t find someone who keeps it more real than Kanye. He’s not going out there rapping about blowing someone’s head off when he’s never so much as owned a gun.”
What!? No gun? Even after all those harsh comments he made about Beanie Sigel?
Seriously, Kanye’s mom is absolutely right. Whether you think he’s arrogant or not, the man should be applauded, not derided, for staying true to himself. The last thing hip-hop needs is another phony.