Kanye West: Mother's Death Changed My Outlook on Life

Kanye West: Mother's Death Changed My Outlook on Life
Donda and Kanye West
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04/11/2008 AT 11:00 AM EDT

Rapper Kanye West says he's been putting his priorities in place since his mother's death. "If there's anything my mom taught me [it] is to enjoy life," West, 30, wrote on his blog on Wednesday. "I don't do anything I don't love anymore ... While people chase money I pursue happiness."

West's mother died of heart disease and other factors Nov. 10th – one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery. The rapper paid tribute to his mom at this year's Grammy Awards.

On his blog, the multiple Grammy winner also wrote about the joys of making new music and recording "my first verse in the last six months" two days earlier in Japan.

"It felt good and I was inspired ... tragedy can produce great art and this is definitely true ... life is good ... good as finding the perfect fabric for a simple one button casual blazer with matching pants."

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