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Watch Kanye West Rap ‘Hey Mama’ With Mother Donda

Kanye West has paid tribute to his mother, Donda West, on numerous songs both before and after her sudden death in 2007, and she remains an inspiration in almost every facet of West’s work (his creative agency even bears her name). Watch Kanye West’s Poignant Speech on Racism at BET Honors Now, The Fader  has dug up footage of mother and son rapping one of West’s most famous maternal odes, Late Registration ‘s “Hey Mama.” The first half of the clip — reportedly taken from an MTV special chronicling the making of the album — finds Donda West reciting one of her favorite Kanye verses, one he ostensibly wrote as a teenager but never recorded. While that part has been floating around the Internet for years, it’s a heartwarming prelude to the newly unearthed segment, in which West performs “Hey Mama” alongside the woman who inspired it. Donda has the entire song committed to memory, and the short clip ends with West wrapping his arm around his mother as the pair grin and rhyme in unison, “It don’t gotta be Mother’s Day, or your birthday / For me to just call and say, ‘Hey Mama.'” Recently, West released another poignant paean to his mother, “Only One,” which features Paul McCartney on keyboard.

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