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Kanye West built replica of childhood home at Soldier Field after being refused permission to move actual building

By | Published on Wednesday 1 September 2021

Kanye West, DaBaby, Marilyn Manson

Kanye West built a full size replica of his childhood home inside Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium for his third and final ‘Donda’ playback last week. That alone seemed like an ambitious undertaking. Although it turns out that his original plan was to move the actual house inside the venue.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, West had to change his original plan after the Chicago Buildings Department refused to grant the necessary permits required to uproot a building and move it somewhere else.

“Moving a home in Chicago is a very technical process that requires structural engineer reports and multiple city permits”, says a local government spokesperson. “The request to move the house at 7815 S. South Shore Dr was denied last week because no permit application had been received to excavate and move the vacant property which is also in Demolition Court”.

At the event, West appeared on the porch of the replica house with controversial musicians DaBaby and Marilyn Manson to unveil ‘Jail 2’, a track on the album featuring them both.

‘Jail 2’ is an alternate version of ‘Jail’ – which features Jay-Z – and the rework was initially left off the ‘Donda’ tracklist when it hit streaming services on Sunday. West initially blamed Universal for blocking ‘Jail 2’ – which was subsequently included on the album – before claiming that the delay was actually because DaBaby’s management had failed to clear the track.