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Kanye West

Paid Millions to Perform

In Borat Land

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

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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Carl Fredricksen    

kanye west is an un-American TRA!T0R performing for a dictator...

386 days ago


Rob was also in attendance ... He had a table set up @ the event to sell Arthur George socks........ guests at the event reportedly laughed upon seeing the the fat man selling socks of many colors - no socks were purchased

386 days ago


Those gold toilets he's putting in the new house don't come free.

386 days ago


They must be ill informed about him, thought he was ugly enough for "rapping."

386 days ago

Theresa Q    

Oh please, Sting would back out of a gig if they were serving burgers at the venue. *Any* world leader could be maligned. Give Kanye a break, the man now has TWO high maintenance girls to maintain. He needs the paycheck!

386 days ago


I doubt any of you people talking **** know anything about this country or its leader...but that won't stop any of you..

386 days ago


Doesn't this mediocre performer feel the least bit guilty, for accepting massive amounts of money?What a ridiculous world, while school teachers earn $40,000. per year! Such inequity!

386 days ago


New slave driver.

386 days ago


According to the Obama Administration’s Congressional Budget Justification for Foreign
Operations, the U.S. “strategic aim in Kazakhstan is to ensure and maintain the development of
the country as a stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous partner that respects international
standards and agreements, embraces free-market competition and the rule of law, and is a
respected regional leader.” The Administration avers that Kazakhstan has made significant
progress—with U.S. support—over the period since it gained independence in late 1991 to reach
these goals. For FY2014, U.S. government aid will focus on programs “that support Kazakhstan’s
evolution into a stronger partner ... that can play a greater role in promoting regional stability and
economic integration.”62

386 days ago


What do you expect? He's keeping up with the Kardashians.

386 days ago


Go & get that money Kanye!!!

386 days ago


What a thug- anything for money just like that whore he's married to. "Technical difficulties again" GET WITH IT TMZ

386 days ago


Pay attention United States of America, it was one Thamerlan the Boston Bomber who fled Chechnya for years to Kazakhstan. Where the Kayne just performed.

386 days ago


I wonder how it feels once all your pride goes out the window and you turn into someone else's dancing monkey (and no, that's not a racist thing) for money. I mean, a lot have done the same thing (J-Lo, Beyonce, Mariah, Nelly Furtado, Lohan, Usher, Bon Jovi...), but I wonder how it feels to know your price?

386 days ago


This is interesting. If Kanye paid me, I still wouldn't want to hear his s h I t. I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure..

386 days ago
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