Kanye West buys back his decrepit Chicago childhood home for $225,000 after becoming billionaire
Kanye West has reportedly bought back his childhood home in Chicago for just $US 225,000 ($AU 343,700).
Just days after being named as a billionaire by Forbes magazine, the father of four decided to take back his childhood home after it was abandoned and riddled with trash, broken windows and demolished doors.
Kanye West has bought back his childhood in Chicago. Picture: Youtube/WGN
The home will need at least $60,000 worth of repairs, as it is completely falling apart, with it being considered that it may be cheaper to demolish the home rather than fix it.
On the outside, the boards that hold the home together are coming apart and the roof is crumbling with several shingles missing.
The home has also become a dumpster, and every corner is covered in crumbled water bottles and even seemingly drug paraphernalia, with the backyard door also boarded up.
Kanye West speaks on stage in New York City in 2019. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
The home is in a state of disrepair. Picture: Youtube/WGN
The windows of the home are either broken, or have been painted over in an effort to keep them in place.
The remaining doors have been bolted with hefty locks, and there is glass around them, meaning someone may have vandalised the home or tried to break in.
Additionally, there is no fence around the home, except a chainlink fence to keep people off the property.
Insects have currently made the property their home as it is covered in cobwebs and spiders.
As for the inside of the home, most counters have been ripped out, as can be seen in photos obtained by The Sun.
The backyard is just as rundown as inside. Picture: Youtube/WGN
The wooden floors have been destroyed, and the closet doors have been ripped from their hinges.
All that’s left in one room is a bed frame and some items of clothing.
Mold has also started to take over.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Back in 2016, rapper Rhymefest – whose real name is Che Smith – started Donda’s Home charity in order to pay tribute to his childhood friend’s mother while also trying to help at-risk youth.
He served as the creative director.
The home has seen better days. Picture: Youtube/WGN
However, Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, got into a feud with Rhymefest, which caused issues with the foundation.
It was said that the home would serve as the charity’s headquarters, complete with a recording studio and a museum – but that never happened, and Rhymefest even took Donda West’s name off the non-profit.
Kanye West and his mom, Donda. Picture: Getty
Donda originally bought the home in 1980, but sold the property in 2004 when she moved to California to be Kanye’s manager.
She was an English professor at Chicago State University and reportedly mentored Rhymefest.
Unfortunately, she passed away in 2007 from cardiac arrest after having a series of cosmetic procedures.
The star has not yet explained what he plans to do with the home more than a decade after the death.
For now, Kanye and Kim are isolating in their massive $60 million LA mansion with their four kids.