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Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar Hardcover – May 8, 2007


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About the Author

Donda West previously served as the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and co-author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy's Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Donda West, English college professor, and unlikely mother of rap superstar Kanye West had some interesting points to make about parenting. She says she made sure that she raised Kanye to be respectful but also to be truthful -- hence his famous rant that George Bush doesn't care about black people. On the other hand, when Kanye fell asleep at the wheel in a car accident, the insurance company broker advised him to say he had been trying to avoid another car in order to get paid out. He refused to do that either. Growing up, she pretty much gave Kanye anything he wanted, in return for doing his chores and whatever else was expected. (I was surprised when she gave him $1,000 to buy recording equipment at age 13!) My biggest problem was that she had changed her opinion of the N-word and found it acceptable speech because words shouldn't have that much weight. Could that have ANYTHING at all to do with the fact that her son uses it alot in his music and she is involved in managing him? Hmmm. All in all, a fast entertainng read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on February 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was fascinated with Kanye long before this book came out or his mother passed, but this book made me love him that much more.
It gives you a look into his world before all the money and fame.
It portrays a young, hungry kid who's wanted nothing more in his life.
Easy read, finished in 3 days!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annette on December 26, 2013
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After reading this I understand a little more why Kayne is who he is. I enjoyed learning about his childhood and how his mother raised him. It's a quick read with lots of family photos. Worth reading if you want to know more about Kayne West growing. He was an interesting son and childhood was not typical.
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Kanye West has become so controversial I wanted to find out more about his early years and upbringing....this book gave me the information I was seeking and provided a look into what actually was the motivating force behind this young man's ultimate success.
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By Selena on March 4, 2015
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Bought this as a gift and the recipient loved it! It was in fantastic condition and didn't smell weird. So thats a plus. Kanye is a true artists and it gives you a different insight on him. R.I.p to Donda she seems like a great mother.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Well written, as you'd expect from a maj publisher - though there are more than the usual frequency of spelling mistakes. It gives good insight into parenting and the background that built Kanye. But it can be dull at times
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