Rapper Kanye West claims he is $53 million in debt, and believes Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg should invest $1 billion in him.
“I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt . . . Please pray we overcome . . . This is my true heart,” West, 38, tweeted Saturday, adding one minute later, “This is all all is fun all in good feelings . . . We will all be gone 100 years from now but what did we do to help while we were here!!!”
On Sunday, he went on to beseech, “Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time.” Three hours later he released a cryptic tweet reading, “Ima fix wolves.” Later still, he urged on Twitter: “Please for all music lovers. Please subscribe to tidal!!! I decided not to sell my album for another week. . . . ”
Hours earlier, West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, had performed two songs from his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” on “Saturday Night Live.” Sometime after midnight, after finishing the song “Ultralight Beam,” he announced that the album — previously titled “Swish” and then “Waves” — was available on his website and on the streaming-video service Tidal.
When fans went to his website, however, they found no album but instead an a cappella rap from Mos Def, under his persona Yasiin Bey, and incanting, in part, “No more parties at SA . . . I don’t need to stay . . . I committed no crime anyplace . . . This just to make things clear, my intentions are pure coming here . . . ”
The Tidal page for “The Life of Pablo” offered the 58:02 album’s 18 tracks, available for purchase on the $9.99 to $19.99/monthly subscription site.