Donda’s House Inc. has announced that it will be changing its name. The Chicago-based charity was created in 2011 by Kanye West, Rhymefest and Donnie Smith to support young creatives in the city, and was named in honour West’s late mother.
News the name change follows a high-prile Twitter war between Rhymefest and West’s wife Kim Kardashian West over the weekend.
Donda’s House Inc. issued a statement on Friday (May 25) distancing the company from the controversial rapper and urging those who have turned against West in recent months to boycott his music and not the non-prit organization he co-founded.
“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 statement reads. “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.”
It goes on to accuse West shirking previous financial commitments to help with the plan to convert his childhood home into a studio.
Kardashian then stepped in to defend her husband, telling her side the story.
Rhymefest then attempted to invoke the power Drake — presumably in reference to his recent West and Pusha-T diss track “Duppy Freestyle” and the accompanying $100,000 invoice to G.O.O.D. Music (it was a response to Pusha’s West-produced DAYTONA track “Infrared”).
He has since issued a longer statement in response to Kardashian, asking how she could “criticize an organization that you’ve never physically been to OR that you’ve never even talked to the executive director or any the team.”
Following that, Donda’s House released a final statement announcing its decision to change the organization’s name and urging Kimye “to indeed pick up the baton service.”
Read that statement below.