“I want my album to be that one—if you’re making a time capsule you have to throw my album in there.”
On August 24, 2007, 19 days before the release of his third studio album, Graduation, Kanye West put on a stay-in-school benefit concert in his native Chicago in support of Loop Dreams, a music program run by Kanye West Foundation, the name of the charitable organization he started with his late mother, Donda West, before it was renamed Donda’s House following her passing later that year.
Nearly 11 years later, and with his eighth solo studio album on the horizon, the foundation is once again making headlines, but this time it’s for Kanye’s reported lack of involvement—both physically and financially. Following an ugly public exchange on Twitter with Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, veteran Chicago artist Rhymefest, Kanye’s longtime collaborator and one of the executive directors of the foundation, announced that the organization will no longer be named Donda’s House Inc.
Kanye has yet to publicly address the controversy and subsequent fallout on his preferred social network (unless you believe he was the ghostwriter behind all of Kim’s tweets), but prior to that benefit concert at the House of Blues more than a decade ago, during which he performed Graduation in its entirety for the first time, I was fortunate enough to sit down with him for a brief one-on-one interview.
Following an introductory press conference at the neighboring Hotel Sax, Kanye and I discussed his foundation, his growing legacy inside and out of music, using controversy to sell music, and Graduation’s “Barry Bonds,” which he revealed was supposed to feature both Lil Wayne and JAY-Z.
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