Kanye West is at it again. Making the headlines is nothing new to the rapper since his fame, fortune, and notoriety are precisely what social media and other online publications feast on. From setting up his fashion brand (Yeezy), being the wealthiest billionaire rapper, building his church, struggling with mental health and bouts with rehab, and being married to Kim Kardashian, Ye is creating buzz once more. This time it’s because of the disturbing post on his Instagram about Pete Davidson after the SNL alum split with West’s ex-wife.
Wouldn’t it be interesting then if we could turn back the clock and look at the top 3 reasons why Kanye West is always newsworthy (whether or not you agree with this is totally up to you)? Let’s get to it!
No. 1: World’s Richest Billionaire Rapper
To this day some people are wondering who is richer, Jay-Z or Kanye West? With Jay-Z’s net worth being $1.6 billion and Kanye ‘s being $7 billion, the Yeezy mogul wins, hands down. His collaborations include those with Louis Vuitton, Nike, The Gap, and A.P.C. on apparel. He has also formed an amazing partnership with Adidas where he has come up with some of the most sought-after designs.
This self-made billionaire is an American rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and brilliant entrepreneur. To date, the best-selling music artist has over 160 million records sold.
Kanye has won 22 Grammys and was nominated for it 75 times over the course of his career. This amazing feat has put him in the Top 10 for the most Grammy awards won. And since he continues releasing music, the chances of him grabbing more of these are very high.
But Jay-Z isn’t doing so bad either. He was the founder of successful companies that raked in millions of dollars such as the 40/40 Club and Rocawear. His annual income is over $150 million, while his assets and investments are pegged at over $850 million. He and his fellow superstar wife Beyonce are one of the richest celebrity couples in the world.
Jay-Z is also one of the highest-paid music artists of his generation. He has more than 125 million records sold and has 23 Grammy Awards to boot. By far, Jay-Z holds the record for the one holding the most number one albums by a solo artist on the prestigious Billboard 200.
No. 2: Building His Own Church
This leads us to another question being, what religion is Kanye West? Since 2019, Kanye has become known as a devout Christian focused on spreading God’s word through music. His weekly Sunday Services are known for their renditions of his hits, praise dancers, as well as gospel.
Kanye’s weekly service is a combination of his love for music, fashion, and Jesus Christ. It is a modern take on religion to suit the social media era. The service’s location changes every week, and it is strictly by invitation only. Meanwhile, the attendees are also asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The choir and attendees are given Yeezy-designed clothing either a few days before the Service or just before it begins.
No. 3: His Seeming Obsession With Kim Kardashian
Just when you think everything is going smoothly between Kim and Kanye, the Grammy award-winning rapper pulls yet another stunt on social media. The celebrity couple was reportedly having a smooth transition while going through their divorce. Being perfectly civil with each other while co-parenting their four children, North, Chicago, Psalm, and Saint West.
But things got pretty tense once again when Kanye posted on Instagram a fake New York Times paper with the headline, “Skete Davidson Dead at Age 28” following Davidson and Kardashian’s break up. Kanye never approved of their relationship from the very beginning and has been hostile to the SNL comic until the end.
Here’s one of their exchanges for the world to see.
Pete: “Yo it’s Skete. Can you please take a second and calm down. It’s 8 am and it don’t gotta be like this. Kim is literally the best mother I’ve ever met. What she does for those kids is amazing and you are so f****ng lucky that she’s your kids mom. I’ve decided I’m not gonna let you treat us this way anymore and I’m done being quiet. Grow the f**k up.
Kanye: “Oh you using profanity. Where are you right now?”
Pete: “In bed with your wife.”
Kanye: “Happy to see you’re out the hospital and rehab”.
Pete: “Same here. It’s wonders what those places do when you get help. You should try it. I’m in LA for the day if you wanna stop being a little internet bitch boy and talk.”
A few hours after the infamous post, Kanye wiped it down after reports came out about Pete seeking trauma therapy. Apparently, Davidson needed to find a way to cope with the negativity surrounding West’s online harassment. Is Kanye West back with Kim Kardashian? No. So why all this hostility from Kanye, you ask? A lot of speculations have been going around, especially from fans. They say Kanye is still not over his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and never will be.