The rapper speaks about his decision to keep touring and dedicates "Don't Stop Believin'" to her

By People Staff
November 20, 2007 11:50 AM

Kanye West gave his fans some touching insight into why he has continued touring in the wake of his mom’s death last week – and his speech to the crowd at his concert in Brussels has now hit YouTube. In the clip (via gossip site Concrete Loop), West lashes out at those who criticized his decision to continue performing and adds:

“There’s nothing that she loved more than to come to the shows and scream louder than any fan, because she was my first fan that was screaming before anybody else. My first manager. If she was here, she would tell me to ‘Get on that stage and kill it, dawg.’ That was her favorite word, dawg. She would tell me to go on this ‘Glow in the Dark’ tour and take over the world and ‘be No. 1 like how I taught you to be, baby.’ ”

He also dedicated the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin'” to his mother. Donda West’s funeral is Tuesday in Oklahoma City.