Rappers Doing Good: Rhymefest Purchases Kanye’s Childhood Home, Converts It To Community Center

blame it on JES7 November 27, 2016

Say what you will about Kanye West — whether you agree or disagree with how he handled his last Saint Pablo show in Sacramento (which featured another lengthy rant before walking off stage and canceling his show after performing three songs) — but, as we’ve stated time and time again, mental health is a serious issue (much like opioid addiction) that shouldn’t be sidelined any longer.

Following his latest stream-of-consciousness (where he trashed radio, MTV, JAY Z, Beyoncé and Drake, just to name a few), Kanye — whom canceled the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo tour — was quickly rushed to the hospital following his physician’s diagnosis of “severe sleep deprivation.”

According to TMZ, the 39-year old artist remains at the hospital due to alleged paranoia and major depression, with the site citing that “[Kanye] was convinced people were out to get him, including the doctors who were caring for him.”

Amidst Kanye’s health scare and lamestream media and social media’s attempt to bastardize his character (I admit, I am a part of the problem), one close friend of Kanye has decided to do something positive.

Two days ago, Rhymefest, who has been a decades-long friend and collaborator of ‘Ye revealed on Instagram that he had purchased Kanye’s childhood home in Chicago — the same home that Yeezy and his beloved mother Donda grew up in.

“I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator. It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museam [sic],” Rhymefest wrote in the lengthy IG post.

“We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated,” he continued.

Rhymefest, who serves as Donda’s House’s creative director and co-founder is also asking for pledges, with an opportunity for you to invest in Chicago’s creative future.

In order to deepen the organization’s impact, Donda’s House has acquired a home facility that will provide a permanent location for all of the Donda’s House family to gather, offer programming, and grow. Donda’s House envisions this facility as not only a homegrown hub of economic activity for the southside but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts. Donda’s House selected this location in particular, because it is the former home of the organization’s namesake Dr. Donda West, who at one time provided similar services and support to incubate young artists. Donda’s House is committed to the success of Chicago’s young creatives and this property will help these young people flourish.

You can donate by visiting the website. Respect to Rhymefest for doing something positive while it seems America is stuck in perpetual darkness at the moment.

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