Sophia Elias
February 23, 2015 1:49 pm

Just when you thought designing for Adidas Originals and working on a new album was enough to occupy Kanye’s mind, he goes and announces that he’ll be making a video game about his late mother.

Kanye revealed the details on Power 105.1’s radio show, The Breakfast Club, over the weekend: ” . . . the idea is it’s my mother going through the gates of heaven . . . And you gotta bring her to the highest gates of heaven by holding her to the light.” It’s a sweet, if surprising and pretty out of the box, tribute to his late mother—and certainly not the musician’s first time integrating her memory into his work.

Kanye’s late mother, Donda West was a huge influence on his life, and it seems like she was also seriously rad lady. She was a scholar, a professor of 31 years, and the former chairperson of the Chicago State University English department. If that weren’t already impressive enough, Donda was also a Fulbright Scholar. Her son was her #1 fan and her influence was apparent in his work even while she was still alive (see, the song “Hey Mama“). She was also a huge supporter of her son’s work and left academia in 2004 to help Kanye with his career.

Donda West unexpectedly passed away due to surgical complications back in 2007, and Kanye has continued to honor her memory since. He created a clothing line named after her (called “DONDA“), and his latest single, “Only One,” is said to be inspired by his mother. Kanye said in a statement, “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter.” Kim Kardashian reiterated that assertion saying in a tweet, ““Kanye feels like his mom sang through him to our daughter.”

As for the video game, Kanye and his team have apparently been working on it for six months and it’s all about getting Donda to the highest gates in heaven. If done right it could actually be a pretty beautiful way to honor his mother. And if it’s anywhere near as successful as Kim’s video game he could also be looking at a pretty hefty pay check.

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