Kanye West protégé Rhymefest has purchased The Life of Pablo rapper’s childhood home in Chicago with plans to convert the location into a “community arts incubator” and the permanent home of West’s Donda’s House organization.
Rhymefest also set up a donation page for the Donda’s House project so people can “invest in Chicago’s creative future.”
In a recent interview with Billboard, Rhymefest, who operates Donda’s House with his wife Donnie Smith, spoke about the influence Donda West had on his career – “She activated who I am now. It was like she touched my forehead and brought the light out,” the rapper said of Kanye’s mother – and why he purchased the West home in the South Shore neighborhood.
“This is what I live for. I love these kids. I can’t be 50 and training 19-year-olds about rap. I might not even like rap then. I need to train my replacement,” Rhymefest said, adding that the election of Donald Trump has raised the “consciousness level” in the community. “This is the beginning of the rebuilding of our community.”