He made the unusual move to set up a studio at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium after premiering an unfinished version of his upcoming album Donda there on Thursday.
And now Kanye West has shared a glimpse of his shockingly spartan bedroom, which looked minimal even by dorm standards.
The 44-year-old rapper posted a photo of his room on Instagram just a week after returning to the platform to promote Donda.
New digs: Kanye West, 44, unveiled his ultra-minimalist bedroom at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday on Instagram. He has withdrawn to continue working on his album Donda
In typical Kanye fashion, he didn’t caption the post and just let the photo speak for itself.
The room had bare walls except for a digital clock and a TV mounted on the wall near the ceiling, along with a casement drawer in which he’d hung some outfits.
The room was equipped with a simple single mattress with a white duvet and a black storage case next to it with a glass and a bottle of water on top.
The rapper had a pair of dumbbells, clothes and shoes lined up against the wall, and an open black suitcase stood next to it.
While Kanye has proven to be a fan of minimalist design when it comes to his clothing label, the small room is believed to be a significant departure from how the billionaire was used to living in recent years.
Minimal: the room has little more than a bed, some clothes from a suitcase and a TV. On Thursday, Kanye premiered an unfinished version of Donda to a packed house
Where the magic is made: The stadium shared a photo of the plaque outside its studio, though it removed it shortly after
The makeshift room isn’t normally a bedroom, and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium doesn’t have the ultra-luxury suites or hotel rooms that some major stadiums have.
It is unclear where Kanye’s living quarters are located in the stadium, and an insider told Page six that ‘He is in a private room in the building.’
The stadium’s Instagram account shared a photo of the red plaque near the room, which reads “Danda Studio at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium” and an image that is said to be the album’s cover in the top right corner.
“#DONDA in progress,” the photo read.
However, the stadium’s account appears to have deleted the photo some time later.
Well-stocked: In addition to his small room, the Monster rapper has a personal chef who prepares his meals, and there’s also a makeshift studio set up to complete the work on Donda
Stands out: Fans even saw him roam the stadium during an Atlanta United football game on Saturday in the same red puffer jacket and pantyhose-like mask
TMZ reported on Saturday that Kanye had decided to move into the stadium to complete work on his latest album, shortly after sharing a near-finished version with a huge audience.
In addition to his small room, the Monster rapper has a personal chef who prepares his meals, and there is also a makeshift studio set up to complete the work on Donda.
Fans even saw him roam the stadium during an Atlanta United football game on Saturday, wearing what appeared to be the same red puffer jacket and pantyhose-like mask he wore to his listening party, sure to make him stand out from the crowd.
Kanye was apparently so moved by the support of his fans at the listening party that he wanted to stay in the stadium to put the finishing touches on his album.
However, it is not known whether the rapper is just mixing and mastering, or whether he is creating new songs that were not played at his event.
Nothing new: Kanye frantically teamed up with producer Rick Rubin in 2013 to complete Yeezus two weeks before release, while 2016’s The Life Of Pablo was changed even after it hit streaming; seen in 2019 in NYC
He is no stranger to last-minute tinkering. Two weeks before releasing his 2013 album Yeezus, Kanye enlisted super producer Rick Rubin to cut some of the music away for a more minimalist, abrasive sound.
With his 2016 album The Life Of Pablo, Kanye’s tinkering went even beyond its official release date.
That album also had a big listening party, this time at Madison Square Garden, but it wasn’t ready for release until a few days later.
But Kanye tweaked the mixes, changed and added verses, and even put a whole new song at the end of the album for weeks before it seemingly stuck.