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Kanye West

Paid Millions to Perform

In Borat Land

9/1/2013 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0901_kanye_Kazakhstan_gettyKanye 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, including "Can't Tell Me Nothing". One of the wedding guests posted this video of KW on stage.


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.

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lk    

This is another who doesn't care that the money comes from a thief, it's no wonder he's with kk,the two pieces of **** deserve each other.

335 days ago
2.

Marilyn    

He is SO cursed + tainted no amount of millions wipe his awful fate away.
He has a child with Kim K. and must be involved with her all the rest of his born days!
UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

335 days ago
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Kim    

PLEASE CUT THE BULL CRAP TMZ, ALL OF THESE PERFORMERS PERFORM FOR THESE FOLKS, AND NEWS FLASH ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES HAVE DICTATORSHIPS INCLUDING THE ONE WE LIVE IN RIGHT NOW. IT'S GETTING OLD TRYING TO FIND STORIES, GET A LIFE.

335 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

indeed, total and utter piece of crap. To bad he didn't get shot there. Would have been a better headline and put a smile on my face for the day

335 days ago
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Knownbutunknown     

So in other words, Kanye should have declined because sting backed out in 2011? Oh ok so Kanye is like the bad guy because he performed for a communist dictator? Oh I see the link your trying to make...

335 days ago
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Kim    

You better worry about your own life, the things you place upon and speak upon others usually come right back to you. Be very careful what you predict for others.

335 days ago
7.

Supreme_intellect    

Damnnnn

335 days ago
8.

Brian    

Can they please keep him? They can have The Bieb too. We don't want him in our country.

335 days ago
9.

Rob Zombie is King    

Are we supposed to expect anything less from this Douchebag?

335 days ago
10.

Ray8    

Order how much they would pay Ray J to perform? Kane can say he hit the million plus per gig fee first.

335 days ago
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Ray8    

Wonder how much they would pay Ray J to perform? Kane can say he hit the million plus per gig fee first.

335 days ago
12.

billybob    

They are going to kidnap him to extort the U.S. to turn over Sacha Baron Cohen!

335 days ago
13.

Kev the Realist    

Why would we expect anything else from this low life, gay, ghetto rat, ss***bag. He would go anywhere for money, just like his trashy, fat, ugly talentless, whore girlfriend Kim KRAPTRASHIAN. Talk about twototally useless humans. How about low life panderer of the decade..... Classless, totally stupid and classless.

335 days ago
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Athina    

Doesn't mean he believes the politics. If you were offered that kind of money you'd be there to perform with your tongue hanging out. A job is a job.

335 days ago
15.

Rob    

It would very nice if he stayed in KAZAKHSTAN and the entire Kardashian trash as well.

335 days ago
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