Following Kanye West stating on Twitter that he is $53 million in debt, fans of the hip hop recording artists are hitting crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help get him “back on his feet.”
The campaign, which was organized by Yeezy fan, Jeremy Piatt, reads:
“Recently, Kanye let us in on his personal struggle. He is 53 million dollars in debt and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get Mark Zuckerberg’s help that he desperately needs. We must open our hearts and wallets for Kanye today. Sure he is personally rich and can buy furs and houses for his family, but without our help, the true genius of Kanye West can’t be realized. As Kanye West has told us time and time again he is the ‘greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time.’ Great artists need to be supported financially to achieve their full potential.”
I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016
According to TMZ, the debt that West is speaking of reflects how much money he has invested in his own companies related to fashion and music.
While fans stay loyal to West, others begin to think that maybe he’s just trying to get attention. Just days before he admitted his apparent money woes, Kanye received some backlash before the debt tweet was posted over the latest spat between him and pop singer, Taylor Swift. The two artists first met/experienced some drama when West got onto the stage of the 2009 MTV VMA awards and expressed his frustration about Taylor winning Video of the Year award over Beyonce. Now, nearly seven years later, Kanye referenced the ordeal in his new song
Now, nearly seven years later, Kanye referenced the ordeal in his new song Famous. The lyrics read “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that b*tch famous.” This obviously offended Swift and her fans. Despite West stating that he had permission from Swift to put her in the lyrics, a rep of the “Bad Blood” songstress revealed that he only asked her if she could post the video on her Twitter.
Since its launch, the GoFundMe campaign has secured nearly $875.
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