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Kanye West shared a photo of his windowless room at Atlanta's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The 44-year-old rapper reportedly pays $1 million a day for his living quarters inside a locker room. The bare space features high-traffic carpeting and access to a toilet stall and shower next door.

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Kanye's new pad at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.

The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.

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Stadium officials shared an Instagram photo of Kanye's Donda Studio at the stadium.

Kanye brought in a chef to provide nutritious meals for him and his small entourage while he puts the finishing touches on the Donda album, named for his late mother.

According to sources, Kanye never left the stadium after his sold out album listening party on July 22.

The album reviews were less than stellar and, ever the perfectionist, Kanye installed a studio at the stadium to finish the album.

He was so upset over the poor reviews, that he didn't change his clothes for three days.

Kanye hopes his meager accommodations at the stadium will inspire him to release a classic album like 2004's Grammy Award-winning College Dropout.

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Rappers and other celebrities are scrambling to lease homes and rent cars now that "MTV Cribs" is returning more than 20 years after it was canceled.

The original series gave viewers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous, including a tour of their homes and fully stocked garages.

Viewers tuned in to see how the other half lived and spent their hard earned millions.

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But the show lost some of its luster when it was revealed most of the mansions and cars were leased or rented just for the MTV Cribs cameras.

Word is that MTV did their due diligence to make sure the new season features homes celebrities actually live in.

The upcoming season will feature tours of homes owned or leased by Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Big Sean, Christian Siriano, JoJo Siwa, Jordyn Woods, Kathy Griffin, Marsai Martin, Martha Stewart, Rick Ross, Tia Mowry, Tinashe, TJ Lavin and others.

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"'Cribs' didn't simply introduce the celeb-reality genre; it created a blueprint for how we engage on social media," said MTV's president of content and chief creative officer, Nina L. Diaz. "We are thrilled to usher in a new era of this iconic franchise for audiences around the world."

MTV Cribs is set to premiere on Aug. 11 on MTV. Check your local listings.
 

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Rapper Big Boi is giving Outkast fans the chance to rent the Atlanta home where the duo recorded some of their biggest hits.

Big Boi is teaming up with Aibnb to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic album ATLIENS.

The six-time Grammy Award winner also listed The Dungeon in honor of Black Music Month.

The hip-hop star is offering three overnight stays at the renovated house known as The Dungeon via Airbnb, with the June and July bookings available on a first come, first served basis.

Airbnb will begin taking bookings on AIrbnb on June 25.

Renters who live in the Atlanta area will also get an added bonus - a ride to and from the custom crib in an Escalade.

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Once there, guests will be invited to take a tour of the famed basement, where OutKast and the Goodie Mob, both part of The Dungeon Family collective, created some of their earliest works.

There are gold and platinum plaques on the wall, and they even signed their names on the walls of the makeshift studio.

Other rooms are packed with memorabilia paying homage to Atlanta venues which inspired the music of The Dungeon Family.

There is also a top-of-the-line studio filled with Yamaha hi-fi audio equipment.

The home previously belonged to music producer Rico Wade's mother, but Big Boi purchased it two years ago. He has now teamed up with Airbnb bosses to offer overnight stays for just $25 per night - not including taxes and fees.

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As part of the deal, Airbnb officials will make a donation to the Atlanta Public Schools Music Department to expand resources and increase access to music education for young students, reports TMZ.
 

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Tyler Perry is known for being generous with his vast wealth. The director/playwright is reportedly paying $16,000-a-month rent on a beachfront property for disgraced pastor Carl Lentz.

Justin Bieber's former pastor relocated with his family from New York to a beachfront home on the west coast after he confessed to cheating on his wife.

Lentz reached out to his friends to help with the rent, and Perry answered the call, paying almost $100,000 to cover 6 months rent for his friend.

According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the Madea star shelled out $96,000 to cover a six-month lease on a beachfront property, after Carl, his wife and their three children relocated from New York.

An insider told the publication that Lentz has also been leaning on Perry for emotional support, after Lentz was fired from the popular Hillsong Church East Coast after admitting to cheating on his wife.

When asked why Perry didn't suggest more reasonably priced accommodations for his friend, a source said, "Tyler has been friends with Carl and his wife Laura for years and is sticking by them and their kids during this difficult time."

News of Perry's generous gift comes as People magazine reported that Lentz is receiving outpatient help with his mental health struggles at a facility which specializes in "depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout".

"He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work," a source told People. "His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey. He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps."

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Chance the Rapper and his family have abandoned city life for safer suburban living, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chance, 27, and his wife, Kirsten Corley Bennett, moved out of their condo and are renting a recently built, 5-bedroom mansion in north suburban Bannockburn.

The couple will keep their $3.7 million, 4,500 sq. ft., three-bedroom condo in the city's affluent Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side.

But they decided to raise their daughters Kensii, 5, and Marli, 1, in the country where they have 3.7 acres for the kids to run and play.

According to The Tribune, the 6,721 sq. ft. French Provincial-style mansion was built in 2014 and has 5-and-a-half bathrooms and four fireplaces.

The finished lower level boasts an exercise room, a wine cellar, a rec room, a game room and a four car garage.

Kirsten shared photos of her new rental home on her Instagram account.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to permanently ban landlords from evicting tenants who failed to pay rent due to the Covid-19 crisis.

What this means is if you are a San Francisco resident, and your health or livelihood was impacted by the coronavirus, you can not be legally evicted for failure to pay your rent.

The law applies solely to rental payments missed while the city's state of emergency was in effect. The law also prohibits fees, penalties, interest and other charges normally faced by tenants as a result of falling behind on rent during the crisis.

The bill, introduced by District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston, must still be approved on second reading, Bizjournals.com reports.

Preston stressed that tenants are still obligated to pay their rent and that past due rent incurred during the state of emergency would become "akin to consumer debt" that landlords can pursue in small claims court without using the threat of eviction.

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On the night he died, rapper Pop Smoke held a private party at the $2.5 million home he leased from Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

The 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, had signed the lease a month before he was gunned down inside the house by four masked home invaders at 4:29 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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10 days after his death, the LAPD have hit a roadblock, unable to identify the four suspects seen on surveillance video entering the house on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in Los Angeles.

About 20 people attended a party at the home to celebrate Pop Smoke's recent album release. But detectives say they have no leads due to a lack of witnesses.

Law enforcement tell TMZ that people are unwilling to talk about what they saw.

The potential witnesses cops have spoken to keep changing their stories, or telling outright lies. To make matters worse, cops wasted precious hours viewing videos online that turned out to have no connection to the case.

One Instagram blog with thousands of followers posted surveillance footage that purportedly showed the shooting inside the house. But the video turned out to be footage from a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Cops are having trouble coming up with a motive for the murder. Adding to their frustration, the victim lived in Brooklyn, but spent time on the West Coast. Which means cops have had to spend extra time tracking down witnesses who returned to the East Coast.

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Pop Smoke was not a household name when he died, but his murder boosted sales of his music, including his 2019 breakout hit "Welcome to the Party."

For two days after his death, Hercules Drive was lined with TV trucks and fans paying tribute to the drill rapper.

When a reporter visited on Friday afternoon, the street was all but empty, except for two construction workers painting a house nearby.

"It was impossible for a few days," one neighbor told reporter Tarpley Hitt, of theDailyBeast.com. "But now it seems weirdly normal."

While Hitt canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses, three young girls drove up to the cream colored house, taking pictures of the small shrine that included flowers and a crumpled dollar bill.

"We love him," one of the girls told Hitt. "We only heard about him when he died, from the Internet."

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The suspect who pushed a landlord down the stairs to his death told cops the landlord fell down the stairs while moving a mattress. But the fatal push was caught on a Ring doorbell camera.

Police say Edgar Moncayo, 70, and his tenant Alex Garces, 22, began arguing over $200 for rental property Moncayo owned in Queens, NY.

According to the Ring camera footage obtained by the NY Daily News, Moncayo is seen trying to gain access to Garces's Corona apartment on Sunday afternoon. "Call the police!" he yelled to his wife on his cell phone.

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Moncayo then attempted to force his way into the apartment when Garces opened the front door. During the struggle, Garces shoved Moncayo down the stairs. He landed on his back and his head slammed into the sidewalk at the foot of the steps. Moncayo was transported to a hospital where he died from a traumatic brain injury, police said.
 

 

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Moncayo's family said Garces paid $400 to move into a room in the two-story house on 102nd St. and Northern Blvd. about a month ago, according to the News.

"The first month he paid, and then he was trying to disappear," grandson Andy Jativa told the News. Jativa said Moncayo tried to work with Garces by dropping the rent by $200. "My grandfather said, 'I'm even dropping the price for you. I'm not a bad person.'"

Garces agreed to move out, but Moncayo wanted at least $200 of the unpaid rent. "He was trying to get paid. What is $200? You can borrow that money," Jativa said.

On Sunday afternoon, Garces and his brother used a drill to break into the house to retrieve their belongings, Jativa said.

The fatal encounter occurred when Moncayo showed up and asked them to leave.

Garces and his brother remained at the scene. He told cops Moncayo fell accidentally while helping them move a mattress.

But the Ring doorbell camera told the true story.

After downloading the Ring footage, cops arrested Garces on Monday, taking him into custody at a home on 32nd Avenue.

His mother, Delia Velastegui, 50, was inconsolable. "Oh my God! It was an accident!" she wailed. "My son is a good son. He is not a fighter."

Garces was charged with first degree manslaughter. He was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday, according to the News.

His bail was set at $25,000 after Garces' attorney Sanders Denis argued that he should be released without bail.

Denis called Moncayo's death "a sad and unfortunate incident." He avoided calling Moncayo's death an "accident."

"My client is the one who called the ambulance. When police came, he spoke to them," Denis said. "This is not intentional."

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Washed up rapper Tyga has reached a new low in his habit of skipping out on paying his bills. The 28-year-old Cash Money Records artist apparently used his 5-year-old son King Cairo Stevenson's good credit to rent a mansion from Simon Cowell's ex-fiancée.

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