Kanye West and Che “Rhymefest” Smith have been friends for years. However, their friendship and their partnership with a nonprofit organization known as Donda’s House could be coming to an end.
Che “Rhymefest” Smith got involved in an ongoing feud between hip-hop artists Drake, Kanye West, and Pusha T. According to Billboard, Smith tweeted out a response to Drake’s song “Duppy Freestyle,” asking for financial assistance to help keep Donda’s House open.
Two things became clear with Che Smith’s request — his partnership with Kanye West was in jeopardy and funding the nonprofit organization has become difficult. The latter has not been as big of a problem as Kanye West’s alleged lack of involvement.
Che “Rhymefest” Smith is suggesting that Kanye West has not participated in much of the operational functions at Donda’s House. It has left Smith livid and looking for help.
Che Smith also believes that Kanye West has completely forgotten about his duties to the citizens of Chicago which he sought out to help while co-founding Donda’s House. It is a case where Smith did not see the organization without West’s presence.
Once Che Smith chimed in on Drake’s song, it did not take long for Kanye West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, to respond with an unflattering tweet. A war of words (courtesy of Us Magazine) has ensued, with Kim Kardashian going as far as to threaten to take away Donda’s House from Smith. A lengthy legal battle would take place if Kim Kardashian were to follow up with her threats.
We’re teens trying to stop the violence in #Chicago!— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) May 27, 2018
And @donnienicole84 of @DondasHouse has supported us in our movement!
.@kanyewest went to @AMarch4OurLives event but he’s never supported us in stopping the violence here, @KimKardashian so leave @RHYMEFEST alone! pic.twitter.com/Oq6V6BdSB5
Below is a series of tweets from Kim Kardashian regarding his post and her intentions for Donda’s House.
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
I saw you at our studio a few weeks ago so why didn’t you bring this up then @RHYMEFEST ? You were trying to get Kanye to listen to your sub par beats. You have the audacity to use Kanye’s mom name to try to shead a negative light on Kanye.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 26, 2018
You better believe I will make it my mission to take Donda’s House from you and let my children run it the way it should be run! @RHYMEFEST— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 26, 2018
By standing up for her husband, Kim Kardashian struck a nerve that will now force fans to choose a side.
For his credit, Che “Rhymefest” Smith is alleging that Kanye West’s sole focus has been catered towards his music, not Donda’s House. In an effort to go forward, Smith has announced that the nonprofit organization will undergo some rebranding. Part of the change will be the removal of the name Donda’s House, according to Pitchfork.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision but the social media quotes from Kim Kardashian West, as well as the expressed interest of her family running the organization, has brought us to this decision.”
Che “Rhymefest” Smith took to Twitter for his response to Kim Kardashian and the brewing feud.
The history between Kanye West and Che “Rhymefest” Smith was once a positive one. The two friends became music collaborators, and eventually won a Grammy Award for the Kanye West song “Jesus Walks.”
The two of them decided to join forces and create Donda’s House as a way for Chicago-based youth to have an environment where they can explore their creativity. Donda’s House has been opened for five years. It is now in danger due to finances and the social media feud between Kim Kardashian and Che “Rhymefest” Smith.
No official announcement has been made regarding what the new name will be. Che “Rhymefest” Smith will meet with the rest of the partners to decide what they will do going forward.