Kanye West Flashes Back to His Youth on 'Mama's Boyfriend'

Listen to the rapper's latest song and watch footage from his visit to Rolling Stone's office

June 14, 2011 12:30 PM ET
Kanye West performs in Rabat, Morocco, May 21, 2011.
Kanye West performs in Rabat, Morocco, May 21, 2011.

A seemingly finished version of Kanye West's song "Mama's Boyfriend" leaked to the internet yesterday. Though it's unclear how the track will be officially released, this recording is a classic Kanye production, complete with a crisp beat and a pitched-up soul sample. The song, which finds the rapper looking back on the guys who tried to date his mother Donda West back when she was raising him on her own, has been circulating in various forms for a while now, mainly due to West dropping verses from the song in live performances.

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In fact, back when West stopped by Rolling Stone's office last year, he rapped "Mama's Boyfriend" in our conference room. Kanye wouldn't allow us to film his performance – but you can check out some video footage of West's visit in which he explained how he's motivated by excitement and lamented that so much great music ends up being obscure because some artists don't want to engage with mainstream culture.

Kanye West Makes Surprise Visit to Rolling Stone

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