Tuesday 16 February 2016


(CNN) Oh, Kanye West. Wow. Even by your attention-grabbing standards, this was a weekend to remember. Or maybe to forget.

West is raising eyebrows for appealing to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday to invest $1 billion "into Kanye West ideas" to alleviate his financial woes.

But let's back up a bit.

The talented but polarizing hip-hop artist released his long-delayed album, "The Life of Pablo," on Saturday night after performing two songs on "Saturday Night Live." Wrapping up the song "Ultralight Beam," West announced the album was available on his website and on Tidal, the streaming service.

His wife, Kim Kardashian, chimed in helpfully on Twitter, saying, "Everyone Go get #TheLifeOfPablo."

But many fans complained on Twitter about not wanting to having to buy a Tidal subscription to hear the album, while those who went to West's site were greeted only with an audio message from Yasiin Bey, a stage name for rapper Mos Def.

This came after a tweet from West, sent Saturday night as he waited to go on "SNL," saying, "I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome... This is my true heart..."
It was not immediately clear whether or not he was serious -- Twitter was skeptical, and with West, you never know -- although the performer did claim a year ago he was $16 million in debt trying to launch his clothing line.

Then there was the continued fallout over West's latest spat with pop star Taylor Swift. In his new song "Famous," West sings, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous," a possible reference to his high-profile interruption of Swift on stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

The lyrics sparked outrage from Swift fans and a statement from her rep condemning the song's "misogynistic message."

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