Mon 19 Nov 2007
There are a couple youtube videos of that heartwrenching moment during Kanye’s Paris show on Saturday….I can’t believe he actually had the strength to perform at all, but when the band started playing the song “Hey Mama,” Kanye reportedly said “This song is for my mother….” and stopped and buried his head in his hands. He stood there onstage for many minutes, completely broken down. The sold-out crowd chanted in support. And some of his band-members ran over to console him. What a completely heartbreaking moment. Kanye left the stage but still came back a little while later to finish the show with “Stronger.”
EDITED NOTE: Kanye had planned to continue with his European tour (with a big show in London set for thursday night). An inside source told me Kanye would cancel to grieve, but then an hour later, I was told the concert is back on. Sometimes I guess its better to stay busy. Hope he takes care of himself.
Thanks to reader Pete Dice for posting the lyrics to “Hey Mama” on an earlier Kanye post. Here’s part of that….
…And you never put no man over me
And I love you for that mommy cant you see?
Seven years old, caught you with tears in your eyes
Cuz a nigga cheatin, telling you lies, then I started to cry
As we knelt on the kitchen floor
I said mommy Imma love you till you don’t hurt no more
And when I’m older, you aint gotta work no more…