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Kanye West’s Childhood Home to Be Turned Into New Artist’s Venue

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Kanye West‘s childhood home is getting a new lease on life, as a performance venue for up-and-coming musicians in the Chicago area.

The rapper Rhymefest, who cowrote West’s 2004 Grammy-winning hit “Jesus Walks,” announced that he bought the home that West shared with his late mother, Dr. Donda West. He shared the news on Instagram Friday.

“I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator,” he captioned the photo. “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 [museum]. We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated.”

Donda’s House is a nonprofit arts education organization founded in the memory of West’s mother, who died unexpectedly of surgery complications in 2007.

Representatives for the organization expanded on their latest venture in a statement posted to their website. “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 South Side but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts.”

At present, West himself remains hospitalized at UCLA, where he was admitted last Monday. Though the cause was initially cited as exhaustion and sleep deprivation, emotional disturbances are believed to be an additional factor. While these problems have been attributed to the stress of a world tour and wife Kim Kardashian West’s recent robbery in Paris, sources claim that the shocking death of his mother — nine years ago this month — was a major psychological trigger.


“His mother died in November, so this time of year always brings him a lot of pain,” a source told PEOPLE last week. “He keeps that pain internalized, but sometimes will talk about how hard this time of year is for him. He works through the pain every November.”