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Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar [Hardcover]

Kanye West , Donda West , Karen Hunter
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12 May 2007
The mother of rapper and music producer Kanye West tells her story in this hardcover book, including never before seen photos. Donda will talk about her life as a single mother and the difficulties she faced in raising a son in the African-American community. She not only worked full time as a teacher and attending night school, later achieved her doctorate. She and Kanye did a few years abroad when she was a travelling professor. Donda will share personal and private stories of her life with Kanye and her later experiences as his manager as he rose to superstardom.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (12 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544708
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 901,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect tribute. 10 Dec 2010
I'm fairly certain in saying that Donda West could not have anticipated that when she wrote this book, it would years later become a perfect tribute to herself. I had some voucher money left over on Amazon and being a big fan of Kanye West's first album, I decided to buy this book. Upon opening the book, I struggled to close it again. Hearing Kanye West's life from his mother's prospective was an enlightening tale. Not only that, getting to know the wonderful woman behind the man was just as enlightening. Donda West was an intelligent, giving and warm person. This book is a perfect legacy.
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Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar Excellent book, my son really enjoyed reading it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually enjoyed this book more than I would have thought. 11 Jun 2007
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet 21 Feb 2009
By Jaxa - Published on Amazon.com
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!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Kanye: A typical son 27 Jun 2007
By Soraya Scaife - Published on Amazon.com
I think that this is a very good book. Ms. Donda West was inspiring to a mother raising a son in this period in history. She was practical, encouraging and frank. I feel that Donda's parenting techniques adds a dose of reality in today's society. She recognized the differences, yet affirmed her basic beliefs and standards for life.
Congratulations Donda West, you pressure developed a jewel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Donda was Amazing 29 Jan 2014
By Cubana De Corazon - Published on Amazon.com
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Donda West was a role model. She raised Kanye amazingly. While his behavior recently has turned heads, he listened to her. She believed in him. She loved him. She confronted him when he was wrong. She raised him right. This book should be taught in schools. It is a real-life example of life as it is now. Children can't relate to Ann Frank or the other usual school books that are shoved down their throats.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Kanye West's childhood. Get to know him. See pictures.Easy read. Great price. 27 Dec 2013
By Annette - Published on Amazon.com
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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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