In a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, renowned rapper and producer Kanye West has completed the restoration of his childhood home in Chicago. The house in the South Shore neighborhood now features a stunning gate with the initials “DH” inscribed, symbolizing Donda West‘s lasting impact on his life and career.
The home, which West initially wanted to convert to a youth community center, was the subject of a municipal dispute after officials called for it to be demolished.
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Kanye West Completes Renovation Of His Childhood Home
According to the Daily Mail, the restoration project, which the “Donda” crooner embarked on earlier this year, aimed to preserve the memories and legacy of his upbringing while paying homage to his beloved mother, Donda West, who died in 2007 from heart disease after undergoing plastic surgery.
The renovated home is a testament to West’s roots and profound connection with his late mother. The gate, bearing the initials “DH,” short for “Donda’s House,” is a poignant reminder of Donda’s name and her guiding presence in West’s life.
According to the news outlet, the 1,600 sq. ft home’s makeover includes a new roof, a pair of wooden staircases at the entrance and the back end, and surveillance cameras on both sides of the building.
The home, which has three bedrooms and one bathroom, features an American flag with the caption “Long exterior” fixed to a window at the back and several tree stumps painted with red, yellow, and green Jamaican colors.
Officials Wanted To Close The Property
According to Daily Mail, local officials previously expressed concerns about the property becoming a haven for drug addicts.
Reports of suspicious activities and littering in the house raised alarms among authorities, leading to discussions about closing the home.
Through his charity Donda’s House, West bought the property to convert it to a community arts “incubator” for at-risk youths, only to be met with opposition from authorities because it was abandoned.
However, they got permits that allowed the property to experience the complete facelift it now has.
Kanye West Featured The Home In His Professional Works
The childhood home that the “Jesus Is King” crooner lovingly restored had featured prominently in his professional endeavors. The house served as a significant source of inspiration for West, and its inclusion in his work symbolized his connection to his roots and the journey that led him to musical success.
Fans of the rapper will recall that the video for his 2011 collaboration with Jay Z, “Watch the Throne,” featured scenes filmed inside and around the very same house. The visual representation of his childhood home allowed viewers to glimpse the place that shaped his formative years and influenced his artistic expression.
He also toured the home with his then-wife and eldest daughter North in a 2018 edition of Kardashian’s former reality TV series “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” West also featured a replica of the home for his “Donda” album listening event in 2021, using it as a creative source.
Kanye West’s Ex-wife Says He’s Sometimes Right About Daughter’s Social Media Use
In other news, the rapper’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian made a surprising admission regarding her former husband’s concerns about their daughter North appearing on the social media platform TikTok. In a recent interview with Time magazine, Kardashian revealed that she now understands and acknowledges that West was sometimes “right” about not wanting their daughter to engage in certain online activities.
The revelation comes after North, 10, posted videos on TikTok lip-syncing alongside rapper Ice Spice to some of her mature lyrics. While the videos gained attention and amassed many views, they raised questions and concerns about the appropriateness of such content for a young child.
“As soon as I saw the words, I was like, ‘Oh no, we’re taking this down,’”Kardashian told the publication. “I saw on the internet, [people saying] ‘Kanye was right,’ and maybe he was in that instance.”