NEW YORK – Days after Kanye West declared on Twitter that he was $53 million in debt, the rap star's fans created a GoFundMe account to help raise donations.
As of Thursday morning, the fund had amassed nearly four thousand dollars.
While admitting that "yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family," he painted himself as a struggling artist on Twitter, saying, "If I spent my money on my ideas I could not afford to take care of my family. I am in a place that so many artist end up."
West reached out to Silicon Valley CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page "to help me in my time of need."
While Zuckerberg didn't directly reply to the rap mogul, he did like a post by former Facebook software engineer Steven Grimm, who wrote, "Dear Kanye West: If you're going to ask the CEO of Facebook for a billion dollars, maybe don't do it on Twitter."
Kanye also just released his new album "The Life of Pablo" exclusively on Tidal, Jay Z's music streaming service, and his own website – but the rollout may not have been a total success.
More than 500,000 fans without subscriptions pirated the album shortly after it was released, according to TorrentFreak.