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The Kim Kardashian vs. Rhymefest Twitter feud explained

The only loser seems to be a charity helping disadvantaged kids in Chicago.

By Kate Wagner

Kim Kardashian West is no stranger to public Twitter feuds. From Taylor Swift to Sharon Osbourne and even Bette Midler, Kim loves airing her dirty laundry online. And let's face it, we live for it.

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On this week's edition of petty fights on public forums, Kim took on rapper Rhymefest but it actually all started with Drake. It's a bit convoluted, so stick with us.

How did the Kim Kardashian/Rhymefest feud start?

On Friday, rapper Pusha-T released 'Infrared' and accused Drake of using ghostwriters. Hours later, Drake fired back with 'Duppy Freestyle' and dragged Pusha-T and Kanye West. Side note: Drake's is way better.

Drake then posted on Instagram, invoicing Kanye's record label $100,000 for "career revival".

Capitalising on the tensions, Rhymefest swooped in and asked Drake to donate to the "part of Chicago Kanye has abandoned" when Kanye's record label paid up. Important note: he means the city, not Kanye's newborn daughter.

Cue Kim with the shade

Forever the loyal (Twitter) wife, Kim hit back immediately. She admonished the rapper for wearing fake Yeezys.

Oh, and also for using Kanye's name when she says really it was Rhymefest who hasn't "been able to sustain the foundation".

She also questioned the validity of his claims given he didn't bring it up privately — an interesting take from the queen of Twitter feuds.

Then delivered the final zinger.

Obviously not too fazed by Kim's attack, Rhymefest responded with a statement.

"At this point, if you and Kanye want us to dissolve the organization so that you can do the work, we welcome that," he wrote.

"We will continue from our home on the South Side of Chicago to do what we can to support the community we've worked five years to build in spite of you & Kanye's lack of interest or support."

What is Donda’s House?

If you're a bit confused, the initiative was started by Kanye West to educate Chicago's youth in the arts and is named after his mum, Donda West, hence the reference to rebuilding "Kanye's mother's house".

Kim seemed particularly incensed Rhymefest was referencing Kanye's late mum, whose controversial death is a constant theme in his music.

In the wake of the Twitter feud, the charity announced they would no longer use the name Donda's House Inc., the ultimate disassociation from Kanye.

They said Kim's expressed interest at her own family running the organisation forced their hand and they encouraged "Kim and Kanye to indeed pick up the baton of service".

A couple of weeks ago, the charity released a statement revealing they were struggling financially after Kanye's controversial pro-Trump tweets, like the one where he said slavery was a choice.

Who is Rhymefest?

Despite Kim's assertions the rapper is an unknown, he's actually got quite a few notches in his belt. Rhymefest — born Che Smith — co-wrote Kanye's songs 'New Slaves' and 'Jesus Walks', which won the Grammy for Best Rap Song.

He was also behind the song 'Glory' from the Martin Luther King Jr movie, 'Selma', earning him both a Grammy and an Oscar for Best Original Song. That makes him one of just three rappers to conquer the prestigious awards — Kanye West is not one of those three.

So while he's definitely not as well-known as Kim's husband, his writing credits are all over most of Kanye's albums.

Where’s Kanye in all of this?

The outspoken rapper is famed for his lengthy rants on Twitter but has stayed conspicuously quiet throughout this whole affair.

Many of his fans are outraged he's had no input, especially given his propensity to defend Trump.

Others are disappointed the feud is arguing semantics about the charity as opposed to actually helping the disadvantaged youth across Chicago.

As much as we love a public feud, ultimately it's heartbreaking Donda's House doesn't have the support it needs.

Kanye, you're up.