If you’ve been living under a rock, BOY do we have some news for you. (Also, hello! Welcome back to society and to vitamin D!) Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed their third child earlier this week and gave her the name Chicago West. In case you don’t know, her name is a touching tribute to Kanye’s hometown. If you didn’t know that, that’s OK! As HelloGiggles’ resident Kanye West Editor (I also moonlight as our Social Media Director), I am about to drop some knowledge on you, and you’re about to get LEARNT. (Seriously, I am Stanye. A Kanyesseur. I could talk about the significance of this child’s name 🎶all. day.🎶)
Kanye has been vocal about his love and appreciation for his hometown since he was sipping sizzurp 🎶 Through The Wire🎶. While many of his references are politically charged, Kanye’s catalogue makes it clear that his first love has always been the city of Chicago.
Side note: What a missed opportunity to name their third born “Mid West.” Let’s pop a Cristal for this newborn child and get on with it.
1Basically any lyric from “Homecoming,” featuring Chris Martin
Kanye’s love letter to his hometown details how far he’s come since leaving behind the Windy City (which he refers to as “Wendy”). Kanye swells with pride as he raps about his home, recalling as though it’s high school sweetheart.
“Every interview I’m representin’ you, makin’ you proud
Reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud
Jump in the crowd, spark your lighters, wave ’em around
If you don’t know by now, I’m talkin’ ’bout Chi-Town.”
2“Dark Fantasy,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver and Teyana Taylor
The opener to instant classic, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” takes us through the complicated and harsh realities of Kanye’s fame. He starts the journey, fittingly, by name-checking where his story began: Chicago.
“I fantasized ’bout this back in Chicago…”
Chicago is only thing Kanye adores as much as his mother, the late Donda West. (OK, and maybe himself). In his epic tribute to his mother, Kanye raps the following:
“I’m finna talk about my momma if y’all don’t mind (hey mama)
I was 3 years old when you and I move to the Chi
Late December, harsh winter gave me a cold
You fix me up something that was good for my soul
Famous homemade chicken soup, can I have another bowl (hey mama).”
4 “All Falls Down,” featuring Syleeza Johnson
This may seem like a simple a shoutout to his hometown, but, detectives, bust out your magnifying glasses! Upon closer inspection, these Chi-Town references have a message: When our fixation with material things inevitably “fall down” and crumble, what do we have left? For Kanye, it’s the community of Chicago.
“And when it falls down who you gon’ call now?
C’mon c’mon, and when it fall’s down
South side, south side
We gon’ set this party off right
West side, west side
We gon’ set this party off right.
We gon’ show em how we get down.”
In this unapologetic tribute to his own success, Kanye attributes everything back to — you guessed it — the city that made him.
“I can’t let these people play me
Name one genius that ain’t crazy
Follow our father
You borrow our motto
I’m a Chicago south sider
I’m a Chicago south sider.”
Chicago West, may your father’s vast musical references to your namesake show that you are so, so loved.