Is Kanye West really asking Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion to clear a massive debt? Kanye West does a lot of bragging — about his music, his fashion line and even his wife. But the artist took an oddly humble turn earlier this week by asking for a massive dose of financial help from none other than Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. See also: Kanye West is ranting on Twitter instead of finishing his album The plea of monetary aid came, of course, via Twitter, where Kanye wrote, "Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas … after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time." Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016 after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016 Was Kanye making a prediction or a request? It's hard to know for sure, but it's not difficult to interpret it as a veiled request for funding considering it came just a day after Kanye claimed to have "53 million dollars in personal debt." That particular revelation came on Saturday, in the midst of one of the many tweet storms from Kanye referencing the impending release of his new album, The Life of Pablo. 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 A quick check of Zuckerberg's Facebook account (he doesn't post on Twitter much) indicates that he either hasn't seen the artist's post or has little interest in Kanye's proposal — although the tech mogul could surely afford it, with an estimated net worth of $47.5 billion. But one other (far less) rich guy was watching Twitter, the reviled pharma bro Martin Shkreli. Shkreli retweeted Kanye's funding request without comment, but we have an idea of what he may have been thinking. Just a couple of days earlier, Shkreli took to Twitter to offer Kanye $10 million (later upped to $15 million) for the rights to The Life of Pablo. Known for having paid $2 million for the still unreleased Wu-Tang album, some onlookers took Shkreli seriously. However, Kanye himself didn't respond publicly to Shkreli's offer. Here is my initial offer for the album. @kanyewest Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to your response — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016 But wait, there's another twist to the Shkreli saga (yes, we're tired of him, too). On Sunday, he reappeared on Twitter claiming that he had indeed snagged the rights to the album. But that claim turned out to be untrue, as the album was released on Saturday. So pharma bro trolls aside, does Kanye really need $53 million? We'll probably never know. In the world of Kanye, such tweets may later be termed by the artist as "art speech" or framed as something else entirely. But if he is that deep in the hole, it might be time to step away from the studio and start cranking out more apps like his successful, emoji-slinging spouse. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//","twitter_jssdk");
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