Two years ago, the rapper implemented a plan to turn Cody, Wyo., into a factory town for his business. Now he might be saying goodbye to it all.
The The Kanye West era in Cody, Wyo. , may come to an end.
The Wyoming ranch that the rap superstar bought in 2019 went on sale this week, signaling that Mr. West's plans to turn the sleepy tourist town of around 10,000 into a factory town for his company, Yeezy, are about as likely to materialize as his election to the presidence.
A list for the ranch he owns has been published this week on the website of a local real estate agent, DBW Realty, priced at $ 11 million. The ad, whichreferred to the property as Monster Lake Ranch - his name before the rapper bought it - made no mention of Mr. West, although it did advertise the kart track. from the ranch and freshwater "trophy trout fishing" on site. The property is 3,888 acres, according to the listing.
Although the listing was released on Monday, it was clear to many townspeople. It has been some time since Mr. West, who bought the property almost exactly two years ago, may not have considered extending his stay.
Earlier this year he began selling the four-wheelers that he and his now estranged wife Kim Kardashian West rode in an early music video shot in the area, said Kellen Whitehead, sales manager at Whitlock Motors in Cody.
And about three weeks ago, Mr. West sold his fleet of Ford Raptor trucks back to Fremont Motor Company, the company confirmed. .
Mr. Whitehead, who helped Mr. West customize one of these Raptors, said he hadn't seen rapper for a year. When asked if he was surprised or irritated that Mr. West appeared to have left without keeping his promises to invest in the city, Mr. Whitehead gave the verbal equivalent with a shrug.
"Six billion dollars," he said, greatly exaggerating the declared net worth . " It does what 'he wants. It's just that kind of lifestyle. "
Mr. West started visiting Wyoming regularly about four years ago, shortly after experiencing what was characterized on a dispatch call as a "psychiatric emergency". He recorded his eighth studio album, "Ye", in Wyoming, holding a evening memorable listening for this album near Jackson. Image Kanye West debuted the aalbum "Ye " in Moran, Wyo. Credit ... Ryan Dorgan for Hfrance.fr
But in the end he bought a property that I ' ai n Cody, a more Republican town named in honor of Buffalo Bill Cody, where land is significantly cheaper. While there, Mr. West made a number of extravagant statements about his plans for the area, claiming he would bring essential manufacturing jobs in town and open a store there.
He was regularly present in town for months after his arrival, residents said during the interviews last January. He was a frequent guest at the Cody Steakhouse, a restaurant on the city's Main Street, and he and Mrs Kardashian West visited the Boot Barn and other businesses, shopping for clothes and jewelry. He held one of his Sunday Service concerts at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in September 2019.
Locals said on Tuesday they saw Mr. West less in 2020, especially after last July when he began to publicly discuss his efforts to be elected president.
Zac Taylor, the editor-in-chief of Cody Enterprise, said that neither he nor anyone else in a four-person newsroom on Tuesday afternoon had seen the rapper since. ( The Enterprise posted their story to the ranch list Monday at noon; Mr. Taylor's wife, who works at a real estate company, gave him the advice.)
Mr. Taylor was ambivalent about the two-year stay of the rapper in town, saying hello The editor asked at the start of a meeting if Mr. West was going to cause a stir or not at all.
"I think he landed somewhere in the middle," Mr. Taylor said.
Matt Hall, the mayor of Cody, said that he hadn't spoken to Mr. West for at least eight months, "since before he started having some of his marital issues with Kim ", referring to Mr. West has been with his wife for almost seven years. Ms. West requested the
Mayor Hall confessed some disappointment that his most famous voter seemed to be putting the auction house, saying he had hoped that "from an economic development perspective it would work o But overall, Mayor Hall said, he didn't think the the rapper's departure would negatively affect the community.
"When someone like that leaves, it's unfortunate " he said . "But I think we'll all move on.
Anna P. Kambhampaty contributed reporting.