Kanye West has been chasing the lofty goal of becoming a billionaire for years and now it has come into fruition but not without both praise and criticism. Now that he is a member of the elite earnings club, the Hip-Hop superstar is claiming the moment to the point he tweeted Forbes to correctly report his proper earnings.
Given the fact the world is suffering from a pandemic, news of an already wealthy person adding to their coffers isn’t the kind of headline that many would welcome at the moment. However, the fact remains that West’s aims in becoming one of the world’s richest entertainers have been achieved, largely via his vast Yeezy empire and fashion endeavors.
The chip on West’s shoulder dates back to his early days growing up in Chicago, where teachers sometimes scolded him for sketching sneaker designs instead of doing his schoolwork. He later produced songs for Jay-Z, but felt the elder mogul didn’t view him seriously as a solo act. Over past decade, West instigated more than his share of narcissistic episodes, including a self-appointed nickname, tour and album, Yeezus, that never seemed to treat his savior complex with much irony. (Typical song: “I Am A God.”)
When viewed through that lens, his famous affinity for President Trump makes a lot of sense. (And it continues unabated — one text to Forbes’ chief content officer this week ended with “Trump 2020” and a raised fist emoji.) As does West’s net worth lobbying — an art practiced, with gusto, for decades, by Trump.
“It’s not a billion,” West texted us last night. “It’s $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count.”
The publication did a far more complicated breakdown of West’s assets and earnings, placing his worth at a still-impressive $1.3 billion.
While many are rightfully impressed, there are others who can’t forgive West’s MAGA-loving stances. We’ve tallied a good mix of responses from Twitter below.
Twitter Both Praises & Slams Trump Stan Kanye West After He Reaches Billionaire Status was originally published on hiphopwired.com
The world is experiencing a pandemic. People are struggling to pay bills and their livelihoods are on the line, people are dying, yet here’s a rich person fixated on letting the world know he’s more rich now. Narcissistic af https://t.co/yD9xVg2vFg— 𝕃𝔻✨ • 𝑓𝑜𝑙𝑘𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒 • (@lindsayannelle) April 25, 2020
Girl we in a pandemic. Fuck this nigga . https://t.co/W93YkvvX9j— why are there yt folks on my live? (@fakebougiechick) April 25, 2020
Lollll Forbes is so bad at reading the room. https://t.co/TJZho5UfPX— onyekaorise (@onyekaorise) April 25, 2020
Lol fuck this dude. While many Americans are struggling just to put food on the table and keep the lights on, this twat can't help but beg people to notice his excessive wealth. A truly terrible person through and through. https://t.co/RLTIgQDPxT— A brave Gravy Seal from Meal Team Six (@Opinionsnshift) April 25, 2020
“It’s not a billion, It’s $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count.” - Kanye West https://t.co/VFiLFoBjrP— “Progress, never perfection.” (@XzavierZulu) April 25, 2020
People laughed and articles were everywhere when he said he was $53,000,000 in debt. Now that he's a billionaire, everyone is outraged. Remember that you can never win with most people. https://t.co/6umV7RxUpv— WHOLE LOTTA GREEN ⛩ (@SubToOptimus) April 25, 2020
Kanye is crazy but if there’s one thing he has taught us is that as long as you believe in yourself no one else has too https://t.co/6hQ5tS7nVt— Oscar (@OSCAR17GARCIA) April 25, 2020
Read the room:— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) April 25, 2020
1) Over 50K people have died, tens of thousands are in breadlines, and over 10M people are out of work. And the #KAGA leader wants us to down some Lysol.
2) So no one is celebrating a #MAGA cult member’s $$.
3) “They made us hate ourselves and love they wealth.” https://t.co/BXhS40yOOc