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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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46.

TJ    

So, where are the photos of the happy "family outings" & that invisible baby?? What are they ashamed of?

230 days ago
47.

Attention    

Does not everyone in the USA not remember that Boston Bomber Thamerlan from Chechnya fled to Kazakhstan years ago?

230 days ago
48.

HCK    

You can't help but wonder what MLK would think of an African-American ignoring human rights abuses for money they don't even need.

230 days ago
49.

There's a problem here    

It starts with a K and it's far, far from Knorth and the rest of the K's. It Kfigures.

230 days ago
50.

Chris    

Of course Sting didn't accept; he has class and Kanye accepted because he has none.

230 days ago
51.

Caleigh    

A dictator isn't that what Kanye wants to be ? Why perform there, the money? Is he broke? and at a wedding? Did he yell at the guests telling them to shut up

230 days ago
52.

TJ    

Now we are going from LAMAR, back to Kanye!! Anything for TMZ to avoid putting the K.women out there. Lame, as usual.

230 days ago
53.

rob    

So why shouldn't big head be a little slut to a war monger, he takes it in the butt from Kimmies mommy everyday. He makes such a cute little bitch.

230 days ago
54.

Chris    

Why can't these douchebags go out and promote non violence in neighborhoods, stop singing about derogatory crap and such.

230 days ago
55.

TJ    

Bottom line- the guy can't sing.He's no Pavarotti ,that's for sure. Ridiculous amount of money. How do they sleep at night? Deep down, they all know they are not worth it.

230 days ago
56.

JiLL1    

Let's hope he doesn't come back

230 days ago
57.

TJ    

Kourtney, trying desperately to " be Kim" in Las Vegas. Sorry Kourtney, you still just look like "the Mexican maid."

230 days ago
58.

christy    

Funny how TMZ mentions this and not his VMA performance! Lol that was an embarrassment! The most forgettable for sure! Shadow dancing!

230 days ago
59.

anne2    

Just more examples of the 2 disgusting pieces's of dirt,Kim and him,,whoreing themselves out for a quarter...then they wonder why they are despised by everyone..

230 days ago
60.

anne2    

One would almost think that the 2 of them are ashamed or embarrassed of something the way that they hide their spawn away...

230 days ago
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