Last month we learned that Kanye West’s Star Wars-inspired low-income housing project was more than just a bizarre Howard Hughes-ian rich guy rumor. It turned out that Kanye had started construction on multiple prefabricated dwellings, which kind of looked like Luke Skywalker’s domed desert house on Tatooine, in the backyard of his Calabasas mansion without a permit. Anyone who has every tried to build so much as a dog house knows there will always be a neighbor who is more than happy to rat you out to the building permit people, and that’s kind of what happened to Kanye. In an extra-shocking turn of events, Kanye isn’t building houses in his backyard anymore.
TMZ initially reported that Kanye’s neighbors were quick to call the authorities on him when they discovered he was playing Bob Vila in This Old Busted House at all hours of the night. L.A. County Sheriff deputies discovered that all the structures in Kanye’s backyard were permanent, and not prototypes (which was originally reported way back when). So they gave Kanye until September 15th to come up with the proper permits.
TMZ is now reporting that it appears the domes have been destroyed. The following photos were taken yesterday, and show that all but one of the structures have been demolished. It looks like Kanye got his Star Wars moment, just not how he initially imagined it. This is more like when Darth Vader’s Death Star was blown up. You know, an egomaniac builds a huge, round testament to their greatness, that is eventually destroyed due to governmental bureaucracy.
Kanye West’s futuristic housing project has been torn down due to multiple government building violations 🚧 pic.twitter.com/6SCcXeJ8Jl
— Music Spotlights (@musicspotlights) September 9, 2019
It’s not known if this is the end of Kanye’s development dreams, or if he plans to move production to another location. Kayne just spent $14 million on a 9,000 acre ranch in Wyoming. Maybe he’ll re-purpose his plans as housing for low-income cows?
Police were originally called back in August to deal with the noise made on the job site (which included construction on Sundays). TMZ points out that all that tearing down probably wasn’t too quiet. And sadly, just because the buildings have been torn down, doesn’t mean they will no longer be woken up to the sound of shrieking, slamming, and banging. After all, Kim Kardashian still lives there, and that’s just the noises she makes when her housekeeper has misplaced her shapewear. To be honest, they’re going to wish Kanye’s construction crew was still back there drilling and sawing the next time Kim invites her family over. The ear-piercing screech of a Makita saw ripping through 2-by-4s will sound like a Solitudes CD compared to Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, and Kendall fighting over whose nose looks better.