Kanye West says he is considering legally changing his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West.”
The rapper expressed frustration at Forbes magazine for not designating his billionaire status, despite his Yeezy shoe line expecting to exceed $1.5 billion in sales this year. In June, Forbes put West’s net worth at $240 million.
West told attendees at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York Thursday that he wants to show other black Americans that it’s possible to achieve billionaire status, even if he has to change his name to do it.
“Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream—he had something else he was going to talk about. He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment,” West said at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“When I did Forbes, I showed them an $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire.’ They don’t want us to know that we can buy land, they don’t want us to have the 100 per cent ownership I have at Yeezy,” the rapper continued. “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.”
West has become more religiously devout recently, even titling his new album Jesus is King, and declaring that he now lives his life in servitude to god.
At the event Thursday, West also insisted once again he will run for president in the future in order to serve the black community.
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