Kanye West begs Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion on Twitter

Technically Incorrect: Claiming he is $53 million in debt, the rapper also pleads with Larry Page for a contribution.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Kanye West. He needs money. A lot of money.

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If Steve Jobs hadn't had access to money, the world would be a vastly different place.

Please consider, then, the plight of the next Steve Jobs.

Yes, of course I mean Kanye West. Who else could it be? After all, the great rapper announced his Jobsness some time ago.

He seems to be worried, though, about joblessness. Or, worse, about moneylessness.

West took to Twitter on Saturday to declare: "I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome... This is my true heart..."

Why might West be $53 million in debt? Is his fashion collection not selling? What about his new album "The Life Of Pablo," which he released exclusively on Tidal this weekend and then yanked from sale (it still streams) in order to perfect it some more?

Thankfully, the rapper has a remedy: he will tap the mega-rich. Specifically, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

"Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas," West tweeted on Sunday. He followed up with an explainer: "after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time."

It's unclear whether Zuckerberg does think this is the case. I cannot find mention of him ever declaring himself as Kanye's greatest admirer.

Still, West is confident.

He offered this message to the Facebook CEO: "Mark Zuckerberg I know it's your bday but can you please call me by 2mrw..."

Dear Kanye, perhaps Facebook is a better medium for this particular plea than Twitter.

In another tweet, West described himself as "the Jordan and Steph Curry of music, meaning I'm the best of 2 generations."

Some might suggest this is the self-aggrandizement of a basket-case. However, it led to his next push: "hey Larry Page I'm down for your help too ..."

I fear neither Alphabet's CEO nor Facebook's will come to West's aid. Neither Facebook nor Google immediately replied to a request for comment.

Those of dry countenance might wonder why West doesn't turn to his wife, the brilliant businesswoman Kim Kardashian, and ask her for a loan or even a donation.

Of course, it could be that West isn't actually $53 million in debt and that these tweets are merely an attempt to garner publicity for his new album and for Monday night's Grammy Awards ceremony -- and his inevitable participation in it.

Now that would be artful reality distortion.