Kanye West has erected a life-size replica of his childhood home as part of his Donda listening party at Chicago’s Soldier Field, new photos show.
Images show a look at the elaborate set which includes a recreation of the rapper’s home affixed with a cross at the center of the stadium, and a string of patrons waiting to enter.
Following two listening events at the Mercedes Benz-Stadium in Atlanta — where the rapper was said to be holed up finishing the album — West, 44, is reported to release his highly-anticipated record at his Thursday evening event.
First look: Kanye West’s Donda listening event at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday evening show an erected replica of his childhood home
Arrivals: Patrons were seen entering into the stadium that is capping capacity at 38,000
At the center of the stadium lies a full scale replica of the childhood home he grew up in with his mother and an illuminated cross on top.
Candles were seen stuck in a dirt mound and were reportedly lit ahead of West taking the stage before they were blown out as he continued to delay his entrance.
Though stadium capacity is 63,000 only 38,000 patrons are allowed inside amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Main attraction: At the center of the stadium lies a replica of his childhood home affixed with a cross and candles lining a dirt mound which were lit ahead of his entrance
Another view: Smoke effects could be seen billowing out of the set
Closeup: The album which was named after his late mother has been highly anticipated from fans after he previously held two listening events in Atlanta
Late start: 45 minutes after the show was set to start, in true Kanye fashion it was said he had yet to take the stage
It was previously reported that the event would include more than 1,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine — both the two-jab Pfizer and the one-jab Johnson & Johnson — available on site free of cost.
And images show a sign that reads ‘COVID vaccines no appointment needed’ alongside a line of people waiting to enter the stadium.
Vaccines were also available at his last listening event but TMZ reported that only 4 of 40,000 rolled up their sleeves.
Foot traffic: A large sign that reads ‘DONDA PARKING’ is seen at the event
Vaccine: It was previously reported the event would carry more than 1,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine — both the two-jab Pfizer and the one-jab Johnson & Johnson
Sunset show: For patrons unable to attend the sunset show a livestream was available on Apple Music with some delays
Once patrons were let inside video shows absolute chaos as people stormed the merch table to get their hands on new mementos from the rapper — who recently filed to legally change his name to ‘Ye.’
Merchandise for the event reads ‘2024’ on the back with a presidential seal on the front, as the rapper — who bid for president under the ‘Birthday Party’ last year — continued to tease a future run for office.
Other garments for sale included one with a baby picture of him on the front and the image of his house on the back.
Merch: Among the merchandise included a shirt with a baby photo of him on the front and an image of the house on the back
Presidential bid: Other merch includes ‘2024’ on the back and the presidential seal on the front
For the majority of people unable to attend the in-person event — where he is rumored to finally be releasing the album following two months of anticipation — a live stream is available on Apple Music.
And as all signs point to his third listening event being the one where he releases the album, West had announced pre-orders this week for the Donda ‘stem player’ — a sampler pre-loaded with the album that is said to ship in ‘Summer 2021.’
Nearly two hours after the event started — 9PM CT (10PM ET, 7PM PT) West had yet to come out.
Production: Nearly two hours after the event started — 9PM CT (10PM ET, 7PM PT) West had yet to come out
Full production: After three listening events it has been rumored that Thursday’s show will finally be the one where he drops the album
Patiently waiting: As momentum continued to build from concert-goers Twitter erupted with impatient remarks
Cheers from the crowd continued to build as well as people screaming ‘Kanye’ as they patiently waited to see what he would be wearing for the evening and hearing the album.
As momentum continued to build from concert-goers Twitter erupted with impatient remarks.
The door finally opened to reveal what looked to be two of his four children and the voice of his mother repeating her name ‘Donda’ opened the show with a picture of her as a child on screen.
He took the stage wearing a full leather outfit with a black face mask and was in the company of embattled heavy metal artist Marilyn Manson.
Finally: West had announced pre-orders this week for the Donda ‘stem player’ — a sampler pre-loaded with the album that is said to ship in ‘Summer 2021’