If you read this paragraph about Kanye West from today’s Observer and don’t do a double take, you have fewer preconceptions than I.
An only child (‘Kanye’ is an Ethiopian name which means ‘the only
one’), whose parents split before he was a year old and who divorced
when he was four, Kanye was mainly raised by his doting mother, Donda.
They are still extremely close; he wrote a song for her on his last
album, ‘Hey Mama’, which, sweetly, she now has as the ringtone on her
cellphone. When Kanye was still a young child, they moved from Atlanta,
Georgia, to Chicago, where she became the chair of the English
department at Chicago State University before latterly taking over as