Kanye West would move mountains if he could. To execute his vision for his most recent Donda listening party in Chicago on August 26, Yeezy reportedly intended to actually transport his South Shore childhood home to Soldier Field, but the idea was squashed by city officials, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Instead, Kanye had workers build a replica of his childhood home at midfield with a cross on the roof. The Chicago native purchased the property he grew up in for about $225,000 in 2020.
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The process to transport a home in Chicago is a hefty and intricate one that would’ve taken months of permit approvals to actually get done. As Kanye usually does, he improvised with the next best option of building his own.
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FakeShoreDrive‘s Andrew Barber also added Kanye wanted to burn down the replica home during the Donda listening event but didn’t receive permission for that either. Instead, he opted to burn himself for about 30 seconds before a fire extinguisher put the flames out.
Kanye’s original plan was to set the entire house on fire in the middle of Soldier Field, but the city wouldn’t approve it (per someone with the City of Chicago)
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) August 27, 2021
Kanye West’s Donda album finally made it onto streaming services — just the censored version — on Sunday morning (August 29).
Even with missing two days of streams, the 44-year-old’s tenth studio album is expected to top the Billboard 200 and sell about 300,000 total album-equivalent units in the first week, which would be his most since 2013’s Yeezus. The album also had the second-largest 24-hour streaming period in Spotify’s history, only trailing Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion.