Kanye West is known to be one of the most successful music artists across the globe and he was officially declared a billionaire by Forbes in April 2020 when they publicly announced his net worth amounting to a whopping $1.3 billion. However, despite his popularity, Kanye did not shy away from asking for a percentage from the paparazzi when he was papped at the airport.
The Grammy-winning rapper spoke to a few photographers who were apparently stationed to click the rap star telling them that he would want a cut off of his photos and videos they earn from milking his image.
As per a video shared by a Twitter account, the rap icon stated, “Right now y’all get to shoot us without having to pay. I’mma change that,” adding, “I’m not saying it in a negative way. It’s just like, right now, it’s just really one-sided.”
Kanye Tells Paparazzi He Wants a Percentage of the Profit They Make— No Jumper (@nojumper) January 23, 2022
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Kanye West was reportedly leaving Miami after hanging out and making music for ‘Donda 2’ with DJ Khaled and other friends.
The rapper decided to school paparazzi as he stated that they don’t give the celebrities any percentage off what they make from their images.
“You guys can follow us, you guys can stand [outside] a hotel at any given time- you don’t give us any percentage of what you’re making off of us, off of our kids, and I’m gonna change that”, said the ‘College Dropout’ hitmaker.
The Chicago native added, “We all gotta make money together. It can’t be a one-sided thing. Look, if I’m just with my kids, I say I don’t want you to shoot me, then that’s just something y’all gotta respect. We can get that money together, but we gotta have a conversation.”
Kanye also added that the paparazzi gaslighted him during his altercation with a 40-year-old autograph-seeker who was allegedly punched by the rapper in Los Angeles this month.
The rapper said that he was not a fan but someone who was trying to make money off his name. Before leaving, Kanye concluded, “I respect your job. My dad was a photographer at a newspaper. I love paparazzi. But as Americans, we gotta respect each other. We gotta bring the pride back to this country.”
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the legendary rap star is valued at a massive $6.6billion. Kanye, who now goes by the name of Ye, pockets fat paycheques from his Yeezy sneakers which is a long-term collaboration with Adidas.
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