Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is reportedly sitting on $3 million after traveling overseas this past Labor Day weekend to perform in Central Asia.
Details and footage from the unexpected multi-million dollar opportunity have started to make rounds online.
Kanye West raked in MILLIONS of dollars this weekend to play a gig in … wait for it … waaaaait for it … KAZAKHSTAN!!! Very nice. Our Central Asian sources tell us … Kanye was invited by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to perform at his grandson’s wedding Saturday night in Almaty at the Hotel Royal Tulip. Very nice. We’re told Kanye was paid a hefty sum — in the neighborhood of $3 mil — to perform his big hits. (TMZ)
Although $3 million seems like a lot, reports claim the country’s president is extremely wealthy.
FYI — Kazakhstan’s prez is reportedly worth billions, and is considered by some to be an ardent dictator who rigs elections. In 2011, Sting backed out of a paid gig for Nazarbayev due to alleged mistreatment of oil workers in the country. Not so nice. OTHER FACTS ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN: Sacha Baron Cohen did NOT invent it for “Borat.” It was once part of the Soviet Union. Its currency is a Tenge. Oil and livestock are a pretty big deal. (TMZ)
Mr. West reportedly stole the show and performed hits like 2007’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.”
Kanye West has apparently spent his Labor Day long weekend in Kazakhstan. He put on a private concert for the President of Kazakhstan’s grandson. The occasion? One of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandsons was getting married. Video footage from the wedding concert comes from a studio photographer, who caught Kanye performing “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” (Complex)
The president and his government are accused of violating human rights to citizens.
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, quoted Human Rights Watch director David Mepham as saying that “Kazakhstan’s serious and deteriorating human rights situation includes ‘credible allegations of torture, the imprisonment of government critics, tight controls over the media and freedom of expression and association, limits in religious freedom, and continuing violation of workers’ rights.'” In 2011, Sting canceled a planned performance in Kazakhstan, citing “unacceptable” treatment of oil workers in the country. (Huffington Post)
Check out Kanye West’s performance: