In lead up to the release of his upcoming album, Donda, Kanye West recently deleted all of his Instagram posts, before posting a shot of his childhood home: a light blue shingle style dwelling located in Chicago. And according to the New York Post, the rapper is building a replica of the home for an album listening party that’s set to take place tomorrow, August 26th.
The duplicated abode is set to be located in the center of the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, while the original home is in a dilapidated state, as seen in photos from Realtor.com. The latter boasts 1,6000 square feet and was sold for $121,000 by West’s mother, Donda, in 2003. It was originally built in 1905 and consists of three bedrooms and one bathroom.
The Post reports that West lived here for approximately eight years during his childhood, according to Donda’s memoir, Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar. “I didn’t know it, but South Shore, and especially South Shore Drive, where we lived, was considered ‘the sh*t,’ a prestigious area in a coveted part of town,” she wrote in the book. “We were within walking distance of Lake Michigan and our backyard backed up to Rainbow Park. It’s in the kitchen of that house that Kanye talks about kneeling on the kitchen floor and saying, ‘Mama, I’m gonna love you ‘til you don’t hurt no more.’”
While West’s childhood home is currently off the market, we’re sure its replica—which is set to be unveiled tomorrow—will be the next best thing.
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