Kanye West Was Paid How Much To Play In Kazakhstan?

By Mack Rawden 2013-09-02 10:44:13
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Once someone achieves a certain level of fame, it gets exponentially easier to make money. Through appearances, through sponsorship opportunities and through exorbitant salaries, celebrities can mine the money well from a lot of angles to make stupid amounts of money in a single year. Take Kanye West for example. The mega-talented, polarizing hip-hop star made three million dollars in a single night over the weekend.

According to TMZ, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, offered West three million dollars to swing by his grandson’s wedding and bust out a setlist filled with his biggest hits. He naturally agreed, and following a lively performance that apparently went very well, he headed home with the sizeable check for his efforts.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kanye news story without a little controversy. Kazakhstan, probably best known as Borat’s home land, has had some accusations of election fixes and human rights violations over the years. Nazarbayev’s critics have long accused him of some rather unseemly deeds, and in the past, some musicians (like Sting) have turned down his performance offers. As such, there’s a certain segment of the population that thinks West should donate the money to charity or give it back, but personally, I have no problem with him belting out some of his classics at a wedding for that kind of money. I’m pretty sure an overwhelming majority of us would have worked as a waiter at that ceremony if we were offered that fat of a check.

As for West’s ever-popular personal life, he’s, by all accounts, taking pretty well to fatherhood. He recently revealed the first picture of baby North West, and while he’s taken some shots at himself for his inability to work the car seat, he’s at least trying, which is far and away the most important thing a father can do.

You can take a look at a short clip of his performance below…


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