Kanye West – now officially “Ye” – has had an enormous influence on my young adult life.
I remember the “secret” concerts held in the spring of my undergraduate years at various colleges across the Triangle area here in North Carolina. My college roommate and I were ecstatic to watch DMX pop out from the truck bed of an 18 wheeler to perform that spring on my campus.
Then the rumor began, that if we headed over to Durham; Kanye West would be performing! Needless to say we pushed off studying for finals and trekked 30 minutes west for our first in person glimpse of true “jeen-yuhs.”
Watching the Jeen-yuhs A Kanye Trilogy on Netflix this week opened my eyes to so many things about who Ye is as a man not just an artist. His fans always recognized that losing his mother impacted him heavily, and his love and adoration for her was always clear. I never realized how much positivity and strength Dr. West poured into her son.
Here’s a look at my journey with Kanye.