Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s really living out his rap lyrics. The hip-hop artist actually paid out $250,000 for a sex tape featuring himself and an unnamed woman.
According to Yeezy’s 31-year-old cousin Lawrence Franklin, Yeezy paid a quarter of $1 million to get back x-rated footage from his laptop.
Speaking just days after Kanye, 39, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital for psychiatric issues, Franklin told how Kanye was forced to cough up $250,000 after a family member discovered a video of the hip hop artist having sex with an unknown woman on a laptop the rapper had given away as a gift. Franklin, 31, also revealed how Kanye, still grieving for his beloved mother Donda, struggles to live in the Kardashians’ world as it is so different from his proud African American upbringing. (Daily Mail)
Franklin also believes the sex tape drama ultimately turned Ye away from his family.
“The sex tape episode started his decline – he stopped trusting people,’ Franklin explained. ‘At the end of the day if a member of your family had taken you for a quarter of a million dollars – so they can complete their own ambitions – who can you trust within your circle? This was also around the time when his mother has just died and he takes a lot of responsibility for that.'” (Daily Mail)
On both Kanye’s “Real Friends” and “No More Parties In LA” songs, he references the $250,000 sex tape payout.