kanye west is having a very public financial break down
For his fans, watching one of the most famous men in the world publicly appeal for help is a deeply worrying moment.
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Yesterday Kanye West's financial situation became very public when he revealed on Twitter that he was in 53 million dollars of personal debt. Considering The Life of Pablo has dominated the internet since its release, making TIDAL—the platform it was exclusively released on—the number one app in the world, it's safe to say it was surprising news. But his financial situation is a result of the decision to fund The Life of Pablo and Yeezy Season 3 himself. While the move can be seen as a massive, and admirable, sacrifice to maintain creative control and integrity it comes on top of the $US11million he's already put into his clothing line. He explained the financial quagmire as, "I was trying to play a sport that's a billionaire sport. It's not a millionaire sport and I'm proud of the debt."
Although it's not like the rapper was eating ramen to balance the books, he's also spent $US14 million dollars building his new Bel Air home.
Before he took the SNL stage on the weekend he Tweeted about his financial problems and asked his fans to pray for him. In the days since things have apparently got worse, he's now appealing to billionaire and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him out. Kanye has called for the CEO to invest $1 billion in his work.
In a flurry of Tweets that appeared to become increasingly upset, Kanye reasoned "I am your favorite artist but you watch me barely breathe and still play my album in your house". Not getting an immediate reply—to be fair it had been minutes and it's the billionaires birthday— he called for his fans to take up his cause.
As the surreal stream of consciousness reasoning went on, it became clear that Kanye isn't only looking for help with his current debt, but for additional finance to make future projects a reality, "I don't have enough resources to create what I really can".
The rapper did make some good points, he pointed out to Mark that financing one of the most iconic and divisive artists of a generation would be "one of the coolest things you could ever do" and "I will always respect you for that and the world will love you…"
For the record, he also name checked Larry Page for financial respite.
While watching one of the most famous men in the world publicly appeal to one of the richest men in the world on the internet is undeniably fascinating, for Kanye's fans this is a deeply worrying moment. Ye rapped about his battle with thoughts of suicide after his mother's passing on the 2012 track Clique and spoke of his usage of antidepressant Lexapro on The Life of Pablo track FML. The pressure of being the most talked-about artist in the world is difficult for most of the public to fathom, and must be borderline impossible to live with. Before you laugh at Kanye's Twitter, remember—he might be Yeezus, but he's also a human being.