But while this decision came about through many reasons, it could still be simply chalked up to “here’s what Kanye is saying now” — and tomorrow could be a totally different news headline about the controversial rapper.
Page Six first reported on this name-change business from a Nov. 8 event at the Fast Company Innovation Festival.
This name-change topic came about when West said he was unhappy that Forbes Magazine hadn’t listed him as a billionaire, although he apparently is.
“I showed them a $890 million receipt, and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire’, ” West said at the festival.
West then reportedly said,
“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is.”
We’re not sure if he’s actually going to take the drastic step of changing his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West, but what a show that would be if he did.
West is also continuing a small renaissance in his persona, at least in his mind.
On Oct. 25, the “Gold Digger” singer released “Jesus Is King,” a gospel record that was received to mixed reviews.
It didn’t help matters that West kept missing his release date for “Jesus Is King,” aggravating his finicky fan base.
Then when it finally did drop, some were disappointed that the record checked in at just a meager 27 minutes. All of that hype for so little music did not make fans happy.
Regardless, “Jesus Is King” debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
What’s more, his hybrid album got the top 10 spots on the Christian Songs and Gospel Songs charts. The album also broke another record — it was the first to top five U.S. music charts: The Billboard 200,Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums.
That’s quite impressive, so maybe West has a point that he should at least be on Forbes‘ list of billionaires, since he probably is (how could he not be?)
Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West, as he wants to be called, also said at the Innovation Festival that he’s going to run for president in 2024, although when he made that announcement, there were definite snickers in the audience.
He did say once that he was going to run for president in 2020. How’s that campaign going?
“What y’all laughing at?” West asked them.
One thing Kanye fans know is that he means business — when he eventually gets around to doing it.