Kanye West tweets he is $53 million in 'personal debt'
Kanye West debuted his 7th solo album, "The Life of Pablo," alongside the latest installment of his fashion line at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Video provided by Newsy
Kanye West's megalomania has hit a new peak: In his latest Twitter tide of tweets, West claimed to be "$53 million in personal debt" and demanded that Mark Zuckerberg invest $1 billion in him as the "greatest artist of all time."
Attention, Google-co-founder Larry Page: He's looking at you, too.
By Monday afternoon, he was back on Twitter trying to explain himself but only producing more confusion.
The bottom line, he said in a series of tweets, is that he's still rich enough to buy furs but needs really big bucks to save the world with his ideas.
West's latest album, The Life of Pablo, is already being praised (USA TODAY's critic called it "soulful"), but West was crying the blues over the weekend on his over-populated Twitter feed.
Shortly before being summoned to the Saturday Night Live stage late Saturday (he was musical guest), he suddenly dropped this in the midst of tweets about dancing in the streets, ultralight beams, shout outs to his brother and how we'll all be gone in 100 years (no kidding, Kanye).
How come? Because he's an artist who wants to help the world.
But if it's actually true he's in such debt (as opposed to a Kanyean exaggeration for effect), maybe he's broke from all the money he's spent on his Yeezy fashion line, including the frenzied fashion-music mashup party he hosted Thursday at Madison Square Garden, introducing his third season of fashion offerings (earthy tones) and giving 18,000 fans a preview of Pablo.
Within a few hours of his debt confession, he was tweeting about Facebook's Zuckerberg, who just became a father and with wife Priscilla has announced he's joining the big-time philanthropist crowd in giving away some of their billions.
West suggested he be one of their beneficiaries.
A few hours after that, West was begging his fans to subscribe to the Tidal streaming service to download Pablo.
By early Monday, he was tweeting at Page, writing he's "down for your help too," and declaring that "all you dudes in San Fran play rap music in your homes but never help the artists."
West explained later that he knows how rich people get rich and stay rich.
Where could West get a loan? Forget about Taylor Swift. Not after he referred to her in his new single, Famous, by a word that rhymes with witch, and claimed he made her famous. He denied in tweets that he dissed her, claimed she thought it was funny and gave her "blessings."
Swift icily declared through a publicist that she didn't give any blessing, in fact considers the lyric "misogynistic." So much for the West-Swift rapprochement.
But West appears not ready to accept $10 million from smirking former pharma-bro Martin Shkreli, who's fighting government charges of securities fraud and last week told a congressional committee to kiss his kiester. Peppering West with hundreds of direct tweets, he's offered to buy Pablo if West sells just to him instead of releasing it.