Nov 18 2007
Kanye West in his Teddy costume

Kanye West Breaks Down During “Hey Mama” at Paris Concert

After hearing of his mother’s death last week, Kanye West took a boomerang flight, from the UK, back to Los Angeles. Soon after, he canceled some European concert dates, pulled out of a performance at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show held this Thursday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, and chose not to attend a Chicago State University memorial service the school arranged for his mother. In his absence Kanye West’s cousin represented the family.

All of those things are completely expected and understandable as Kanye sorts out his emotions and gets things settled within himself. So it was a big surprise when he flew to Paris over the weekend to get back to the stage at Le Zenith.

Apparently the same concert dates he canceled, Kanye was ready to get back in action.

So he was performing in Paris on Saturday, the concert is going well. Toward the end of the performance the sounds of “Hey Mama” start playing and he says to the audience, “this song is for my mother… “

That was it. He couldn’t make it through the song.

With his head down, hands over his face, Kanye started crying on stage. In the video you can hear someone in the audience say, “R.I.P.”, then a large part of the audience begins chanting “Kanye! Kanye!” It was a spiritual hug through the arena.

When it was apparent he was really having a hard time, three members of his band, a backup singer, DJ, and a guitar player went over to comfort him. The video stops before showing Kanye walk off stage. Once he got backstage, Kanye gathered himself and returned to finish the concert with a performance of..

Who knows if it is the song he was supposed to conclude with, but you can only imagine the energy and passion in his voice as he rapped, “N-N-Now that that that don’t kill me, could only make me stronger.”

This line is in “Stronger,” but it’s said Kanye told the audience at the start of the concert that he needed them right now.

Kanye’s fiance, Alexis Phifer was with him in Paris, but it seems like he’s seeking comfort for the pain of losing his mother from the one thing he truly loves now: music. That’s not a slap at Alexis nor a question of his feelings for her. I’m saying, his passion is music and he’s wrapping himself in the energy he gets from it.

Kanye had another concert date scheduled in Brussels, but he’s now expected back on U.S. soil to attend his mother’s funeral on Tuesday.

Man, I hope this kid gets through this.


☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 CHIEF 00 Sun, Nov 18, 2007 - 8:10 pm

KANYE, YOUR HEAD UP. I KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS TELLING YOU THAT BUT THERE ISN’T MUCH ELSE ANYONE CAN SAY. NO ONE KNOWS YOUR PAIN BUT WE ALL HURT FOR YOU. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU.

2 Vida Mon, Nov 19, 2007 - 2:15 am

Wow - strong article n video..rip to his mother, thats so sad =/

3 LD Fri, Nov 23, 2007 - 9:20 pm

Best wishes to Kanye. I know how it is to lost a mother. Best whishes for his life! Fight! Fight! Fight! Dont give up!

4 A Friend... Sat, Nov 24, 2007 - 8:52 pm

Kanye, I hope everything gets better soon. You deserve the best. Hey Mama is brilliant and I hope you get through this. Best to you. smile

5 christina Mon, Nov 26, 2007 - 4:14 pm

i know its hard but things will start to get easier

6 english bitch Tue, Dec 04, 2007 - 2:20 pm

because he’s famous we have to kiss his as cause his mum he aint the first he aint the last and at least he had a mother he is in better position than a lot of people and has the facilities to live a good life its not likehe’s gonna go into care of anything

7 To English Bitch Tue, Dec 04, 2007 - 4:50 pm

Learn to speak english bitch!

8 jazzy Tue, Dec 04, 2007 - 6:15 pm

kanye your in my prayers and in my thoughts.. i love ya boo

9 brendan Thu, Feb 14, 2008 - 7:32 pm

kanye, i will pray for you.
i play this song like 30 times a day.
and try to picture myself without my mother like you do.
but the problem is…
i cant.
i start crying just thinking about losing my mom.
i cant imagine what it would be like to REALLY lose her.
but try to stay positive and just know that everyone in the world has got yo back.
and even the ones that aren’t physically here.  =]

10 ROSY GOMEZ Mon, Nov 02, 2009 - 7:27 pm

I KNOW HOW U FEEL I JUSTLOST MY MOTHER 3 MONTHS AGO AND I TRY MY BEST NOT TO CRY IN SCHOOL AND I’M ONLY 12

11 gia Sun, Mar 14, 2010 - 5:34 pm

WHAT YOU DID AT THAT THE VHM AWARDS. YOU MADE TAYLOR SWIFT FAMOUS NEVER HEARD OF HER UNTIL YOU JACKED UP HER NIGHT ON STAGE SHE WAS UNKOWN NOW SHE IS BLOWIN UP

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