CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Hip-Hop artist and activist, Che “Rhymefest” Smith announced Friday on Instagram the purchase of Kanye West’s childhood home in South Shore with plans to turn it into an arts incubator.
Smith said West’s house will become part of Dondas House, a non-profit that supports young aspiring artists in Chicago, which was founded by Kanye West and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, in honor of West’s mother.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: Chicago Sky's WNBA Championship Parade And Rally
The incubator is planned to be the first of a series of spaces offering resources for youth, Smith said.READ MORE: Bashful Chance The Rapper Mum On Where He'll Get His Chicago Sky Championship Tattoo
“It will be the first of our nationwide Lite-Houses [with] a state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for Donda’s House and South Side music museum,” Smith said.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
The purchase of the house was made earlier in November. Smith made the announcement in conjunction to push followers to donate to the non-profit and #givingTuesday.
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. We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated. Please click the link in my bio & Donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth. #givingtuesday