Kanye West has surprise-released a new song called “Donda” in tribute to his late mother Donda West, who died in 2007.
The song, which was released on what would’ve been Donda West’s 71st birthday, features a snippet of Donda reciting KRS-One’s “Sound of da Police” over gospel music. “The overseer had the right to get ill / And if you fought back, then he had the right to kill / The officer had the right to arrest / And if you fight back, they’ll put a hole in your chest,” she says.
Kanye jumps in after a minute-and-a-half, with a brief verse where he speaks directly to his late mother: “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 / I’m doin’ this one for y’all so we can end racism once and for all.”
Earlier this month, Kanye declared his bid for the 2020 presidential nomination, and also revealed that he had contracted COVID-19 earlier this year.
On the music front, West previously teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign and FKA twigs for “Ego Death,” and enlisted Travis Scott for “Wash Us in the Blood.” The latter is the first preview of his upcoming album, God’s Country.
Listen to “Donda” 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