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Kanye West has purchased his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Kanye’s mother, the late Donda West, bought the house in the early ’80s and sold it in 2004.


The property reportedly went through foreclosure and fell into disrepair before it was bought by West’s former collaborator, Rhymefest. The Chicago musician and politician had plans to turn the house into an “arts incubator.”

West and Rhymefest later announced that they have to tear the house down because it would cost less to build a new one than to rehab this because it’s been empty for years.

However, both got into a very public beef over funding for the incubator, and West eventually addressed the issue on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 

In fact, Kim Kardashian had come to her husband’s defense on the issue the previous year, tweeting that she’d never stand for anyone that shames West “while pretending to do good.”

Now, with his billionaire status authenticated by Forbes, West has purchased the dilapidated property. According to the permit, he plans to spend an additional $60,000 for renovations, on top of the $225,000 sale price.

There’s no word yet on whether West plans to follow through with the “arts incubator” project.

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