Donda's House Says Kanye West Abandoned Them, Announces Name Change After Online Drama Unfolds: We 'Will Speak Up For The Youth That We Serve'
Rhymefest, co-founder of Donda's House, called out the "Life of Pablo" rapper Saturday.
May 27, 2018 at 10:49 pm
Drake isn't the only one putting Kanye West on blast.
Rhymefest, co-founder of Donda's House, called out the "Life of Pablo" rapper Saturday for alleging abandoning the non-profit that aims to help Chicago's youth. Shortly thereafter, Donda's House announced that "effective immediately" the organization would be changing its name.
The rapper tweeted at Drake asking the Toronto rapper to contact West about rebuilding Donda's House -- the organization named after West's late mother Dr. Donda West. A day before Rhymefest posted the tweet, Drake released diss track "Duppy Freestyle" calling out West and his music label G.O.O.D Music for not paying him the money he is owed.
"Drake when G.O.O.D. Music sends the money they owe you, will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mother's house for the youth of Chicago," Rhymefest wrote in the tweet. "I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was 'fuck the youth of Chicago.'"
@Drake when G.O.O.D. Music sends the money they owe you, will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mothers house for the youth of Chicago. I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was “fuck the youth of Chicago”— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) May 26, 2018
Kim Kardashian West was compelled to intervene on her husband's behalf to criticize Rhymefest for letting the foundation decline and for using Ye's name for personal gain.
U haven’t been right since u got kicked out of the studio in Hawaii wearing fake Yeezy’s @RHYMEFEST 😂 You’re over levergenging Kanye’s name & asked Kanye to donate money to u so stop w your fake community politics & lies. Truth is you haven’t been able to sustain the foundation— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 26, 2018
She also threatened to take the non-profit away from Rhymefest and hand it over to her three children.
As a former student of #DondasHouse, I would like to say B*TCH SHUT UP, U AINT TAKING SHIT. Cus I witnessed Donnie aka Rhymefest wife put blood sweat and tears into our program. CHILL . https://t.co/0QsakGSd7g— LuXury The Goddess (@gaptoothluxury) May 27, 2018
This public back and forth stemmed from money issues the foundation has yet to resolve. Donda's House released several statements on Twitter revealing its financial issues and simultaneously distancing itself from West."While we cannot and do not speak for Kanye West and his views, we can and will speak up for the youth that we serve," the foundation wrote. "We ask that those who feel hurt, angered by or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us."
Weeks prior to this controversy, West has become a popular figure on the Right because of his enthusiastic support for Trump and conservative figures like Candace Owens. The foundation expressed that it hoped West's political leanings wouldn't impact its relationship with donors.
"We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you not forget that we are a non-profit organization that like other non-profits needs donations, corporate support and volunteers," Donda's House wrote. "We do not want your rejection of Kanye West, to be a rejection of Dr. Donda West and the thousands of lives she impacted including her own son."
Donda's House also claimed West has failed to financially support the foundation despite recent news of him buying an $85,000 photo for Pusha T's latest album.
"We have been unable to secure the financial support of Kanye despite multiple attempts, and despite those early conversations about his plan of support and advocacy for the youth in our programs," the foundation wrote.
West has yet to comment on the issue.