Rapper dedicates 'Hey Mama' to mother
Kanye West broke down during a gig in Paris on Saturday (November 17).
During the end of the hour-long set at Le Zenith the rapper started a song and could not continue.
When ’Hey Mama’ began West attempted to introduce the song, saying, “This song is for my mother … ” but could not continue.
West’s mother Dr Donda West died last week (November 10).
According to Parisien journalist Meddy Magloire: “He said the word, ‘Mother,’ and just couldn’t go any further. A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn’t continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying, while the band continued playing.”
Magloire said said that after a few moments of stunned silence, the audience offered shouts of encouragement which grew into applause.
West reportedly restarted the song but was unable to finish. He left the stage, returning after 10-15 minutes to conclude the concert with ‘Stronger’.
Magloire told People magazine: “He was very nervous, seemed to have gathered himself up, and had a lot of energy.
“He kept shouting out to the audience, ‘I need you … I need you right now’, and the public was screaming back. It was magic.”