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Kanye West is done with President Trump. In an interview with Forbes magazine to promote his campaign for president, Kanye revealed he was "severely ill" with COVID-19 in February.

"I am taking the red hat off with this interview," said the father-of-4, referring to the red MAGA hat he wore during his trips to visit Trump at the White House.

Kanye, 43, is confident his name will be on the ballots as an independent this fall, even though he's missed the filing deadline in most states.

"I'm speaking with experts, I'm going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with Biden," he says.

Referring to former friend, Trump, Kanye said he's lost confidence in the president. "It looks like one big mess to me. I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."

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He dismissed rumors that he is running to help re-elect Trump by siphoning Democratic votes from Biden. Kanye said he isn't worried about Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia.

"I'm not saying Trump's in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama's special. Trump's special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special."

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As for the platform he plans to run on, Kanye said he wants to bring Wakanda to the United States. Wakanda is the fictional technologically advanced kingdom in the film Black Panther.

"A lot of Africans do not like the movie and representation of themselves in...Wakanda," he says. "But I'm gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House..."

"Let's get back to Wakanda," he continued. "Like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine-like big pharma-we are going to work, innovate, together."

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Kanye West recently bragged that he was a billionaire. But watchdog groups are questioning why Kanye received $5 million in small business loans.

They say Kanye's PPP loan is a conflict of interest, given his vocal support of President Trump and his visits to the White House.

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According to the Dailybeast.com, Kanye received a multi-million-dollar loan as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses retain their employees and pay their utilities.

Kanye, who recently announced he is running for president, is among a list of millionaires and billionaires who took advantage of the federal program that was intended to help small businesses.

The list of companies with under 500 employees that obtained PPP loans of more than $150,000 was made public on Monday.

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Yeezy LLC, a California company, is listed on the Treasury's log as a recipient of a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million.

The company self-identified as being Black male-owned with 160 employees. West's Yeezy sneaker division earned over $1.5 billion last year.

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Both Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, claim to be billionaires, according to Forbes magazine.

"I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire," Kanye tweeted.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's company is also on the list after receiving millions in a PPP loan.

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Boxing great Mike Tyson proved he's still got it during a film shoot on a beach in Los Angeles. The former boxing champ flexed his muscles by lifting weights and flipping a shark cage, while the cameras rolled. He was also seen wearing scuba equipment and arm floaties. The large crew practiced social distancing for COVID prevention.
 

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Kanye West sported a new hairstyle as he arrived at the Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday. The rapper/producer dressed casually in brown leather pants and a white print t-shirt. Kanye and his family have been spending time on his $14 million ranch in Wyoming.
 

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Chantel Jeffries, Jocelyn Chew, and Jasmine Tookes exited Zinqué restaurant after brunching in West Hollywood. The ladies were in great spirits after dining at the celebrity hotspot. They wore face coverings in accordance with the California guidelines for COVID-19.

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Kanye West released his much-anticipated single "Wash Us In the Blood" mixed by Dr. Dre and featuring Travis Scott off his upcoming 10th studio album God's Country.

The music video was also launched on YouTube on Tuesday. The video, which is directed by artist Arthur Jafa, contains a montage of viral video clips, some featuring Black Lives Matter protests.

Jafa also created the artwork for the album, which is available in a variety of different formats including a 12-inch picture disc, 7-inch red vinyl, red cassette, CD and a standalone digital single; all featuring artwork by Jafa.

Kanye West's 2019 album Jesus Is King debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.

Jesus Is King also made history with #1 debuts on both the Rap Album and Gospel Album charts.

On the Jesus Is King album, New York Magazine wrote "There comes a time, when musicians devote themselves to big questions, where the biggest question of them all comes calling, the question of what, if anything, orders the universe... Jesus Is King is the man coming full circle."

On Kanye West, NBC News offered: "It is not hyperbole to call West a genius."

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Kanye West confirmed a new follow-up to his critically acclaimed album "Jesus is King" with Dr. Dre is coming soon.

The news came in the form of a tweet in which Kanye announced his 10-year partnership with GAP clothing.

Kanye listed all the projects he has upcoming, including the GAP deal, a highly anticipated sequel to Ye's 2019 album, Jesus Is King, in collaboration with super producer Dr. Dre, and an animated cartoon series.

Kanye also confirmed his film Jesus Is King, released in IMAX theaters last October, will be released on Apple Music soon.

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If that's not enough, Kanye also has an animated Kids See Ghosts series with rapper Kid Cudi, who shared a teaser trailer for the series, directed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

Additionally, Kanye teamed up with cinematographer Arthur Jafa for the music video for a song titled "Wash Us in the Blood."

 

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Kanye West and Chic-Fil-A are feeding the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. Kanye's charitable collaboration with the fast food giant has helped provide over 300,000 meals to the needy in Los Angeles.

The hip-hop superstar namechecked the fast food firm in his 2019 track "Closed On Sunday," and he partnered with them to help Christian non-profit the Los Angeles Dream Center provide food and other items to those in need since March.

According to Fox News, Dream Center founder Matthew Barnett thanked Kanye and the firm for helping him and his team serve around 11,000 meals a day since first receiving donations - transforming the organization into a hub for those in financial difficulty due to Covid-19.

"The Los Angeles Dream Center has transformed into the Grand Central Station of food distribution and other basic essentials," Barnett told Fox in a statement. "I'm so grateful that our team has stayed healthy, and that we've found a safe way to meet the urgent needs within our community.

"I can't say thank you enough to the various donors who've made this a reality. This is what a neighborhood, a community, and a church should always look like."

The "Jesus Walks" rapper has also made donations to the We Women Empowered charity in his native Chicago, Illinois.

Kanye is reportedly the second richest Black man in America (don't quote me).

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Kanye West has backed out of pastor Joel Osteen's virtual Easter concert over safety concerns for his Sunday Service choir.

The 42-year-old rapper had been slated to join actor/director Tyler Perry and singer Mariah Carey for Osteen's remote holiday Easter worship service, which will be livestreamed from his Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas on Easter Sunday, April 12.

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The original plan called for the choir to wear face masks and maintain social distancing while recording songs with Kanye for the gig, but the "Jesus Walks" rapper decided that he could not satisfy his artistic expectations and safety concerns with these arrangements, so he called off the appearance, TMZ reports.

TMZ adds discussions were ongoing up until Good Friday, but the "Jesus is King" star ultimately couldn't make his plan work to his satisfaction.

The Easter Sunday service will be broadcast live over Osteen's megachurch feed at Joelosteen.com at both 9.30am EST and 12pm EST.

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Kim Kardashian-West has responded after the parents of 5-year-old rapper Zaza accused the reality star's daughter, North West, of sampling her song while performing at her father's show in Paris, France on Monday.

North, 6, hit headlines worldwide thanks to her surprise rap performance at her dad Kanye West's Yeezy fashion show, during Paris Fashion Week.

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North performed her own cover of ZaZa's viral hit "What I Do". And while she's only six-years-old, Zaza's parents felt that Kim should have stepped up and given credit to their daughter.

Following the show, ZaZa's parents responded on her Instagram page, writing:

"In July of 2019, ZaZa & her dad went into the studio for the ultimate experience! To finally begin making the music she wanted to make. We take PRIDE in creativity, and believe whether a child’s involved or an adult… creativity deserves RESPECT/homage! What @kimkardashian (Kanye west) are doing with their daughter… with the inspiration of ZaZa & our family in mind is okay… we not mad BUT… PLS SHOW LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE ORIGINAL FIRST!!!"

They added: "We admire Kanye west, and adore his journey. However, we don’t wanna feel like our daughter’s journey in the world of entertainment is being STIFLED."

Kim responded in a comment on the Instagram post, writing:

"We love you, North is a huge fan and records in the studio all the time with her dad and is inspired by ZaZa and loves Lay Lay too! Today’s performance of North’s remix of ZaZa’s song was something she asked to do at the last minute and a complete surprise. I didn’t mean to not give credit where credit was due. Would love for the girls to meet soon."

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Kanye West's eldest daughter, North West, made her surprise rap debut at the rap producer/ designer's Paris Fashion Week runway show in France on Monday, March 2.

In the impromptu performance, the six-year-old rapped up a storm as models showed off the Yeezy Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.

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The youngster showed some of her dad's confidence and swagger, walking onto the stage to the sound of car horns.

"Look at my shoes, they're new and cool," she rapped. "See my school, I'm new, walk to the streets, yeah yeah yeah. Cool, cute, cool, yeah..."

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Her proud mom, Kim Kardashian-West, and her aunt, Kourtney Kardashian, showed their support, cheering the youngster on, before a proud Kanye joined his daughter onstage.

The Season Eight Yeezy show followed another big day for North's dad - he hosted his Sunday Service in Paris for the first time.

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Kim and Kanye share Nori's siblings Saint West, Chicago West and Psalm West. They welcomed Chicago and Psalm via gestational surrogacy.
 

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Anyone can lease a Ferrari, but not everyone has the pleasure of owning one. That's because Ferrari is such an exclusive carmaker that they can pick and choose who gets to own one of their coveted luxury supercars.

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Celebrities must abide by the same stringent rules of Ferrari ownership that other elite applicants are subjected to.

According to Yahoo Sports, when accepting applications for purchase, Ferrari picks carefully. There's a saying that goes: "You don't own a Ferrari, Ferrari owns you."

Driving a Ferrari off a lot comes with certain privileges that are not available to just anyone.

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Stars like Scott Disick (pictured top) and Travis Scott (pictured above) own Ferraris because they are low-key and not very flashy on social media.

Ferrari owners reflects the brand overall. Anyone who comes off as flashy, tacky or gaudy, will likely be denied ownership. Using their cars for self-promotion is also frowned upon.

If you're a celebrity with millions of social media followers, but zero class and a poor reputation for paying your bills, you're probably better off leasing a Ferrari.

Here are a few celebrities who have been banned from owning a Ferrari.

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Tyga is a washed up rapper with terrible credit and a shameful history of car repossessions. Among his repossessions was a Ferrari 458 Spider. It's safe to say that Tyga will be denied if he ever applies for Ferrari ownership.
 

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The champion boxer earned his ban by flaunting his Ferraris for social media clout and only keeping his luxury supercars for a few months at a time. He is also banned from purchasing a Ferrari due to "financial trouble.”
 

Blac Chyna

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The West Coast socialite can never purchase a Ferrari under her name, according to Yahoo. Black Chyna upset the automaker when she repainted her Ferrari in Barbie pink colors -- destroying the brand's specially formulated candy coated paint job in the process.
 

Amber Rose

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Amber is on the ban list for repainting her Ferrari Pepto Bismol pink. Ferrari execs reportedly became sick their stomachs when they saw it.
 

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is prohibited from buying a Ferrari because she once accepted one as a gift back in 2011 from someone known for committing fraud, according to Yahoo.
 

50 Cent

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50 Cent is an exotic car enthusiast who owns an impressive collection of vehicles. But he will never own a Ferrari outright. That's because Ferrari frowns upon social media trolls using their products for clout. Fiddy had a dead battery in his Ferrari 488, so he took to social media to call his car a "f*cking lemon," which left a bad taste for the automaker.
 

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber famously "lost" a 458 Italia while partying it up on the town, according to Yahoo. The blue Ferrari was found 3 weeks later by one of his assistants. Bieber's application will be rejected if he ever tries to purchase another one.

Question: What's your favorite Ferrari?

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More information has emerged about musician Kanye West firing his popular Sunday Service choir. Kanye's Sunday Service events were wildly successful thanks to the energetic gospel performances by his soulful choir.

Rumor had it that the choir was let go, but Allhiphop.com claims only about 30 choir members are gone. The choir is still 80 members strong.

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According to AHH, "These are not union workers and so they have no sort of protection whatsoever from being let go. As far as pay, they were not paid particularly well, I was told, unless $500 for three days of work is good to you."

AHH goes on to say many of the choir members left full-time jobs to travel with Kanye's rolling gospel revival. The gossip blog says those who were fired did not see the pink slips coming.

"This is a mix of people, many that are not young, and they still want to make it."

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Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West are just like you. The power couple surprised fast food workers by showing up at a KFC restaurant in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis in Paris.

The fast food chain decided to mark the surreal event forever!

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A golden commemorative plaque was installed at the spot where Kim, 39, and Kanye, 42, ordered their meals to go. The plaque was installed on the control terminal where the couple placed their orders. It says: "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ordered on this terminal."

Kim and Kanye were married in 2014 after dating for several years. They share four children -- the two youngest children delivered by a surrogate.

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Kanye West has booked his Sunday Service choir to sing at a controversial evangelical event this weekend.

The rapper's gospel choir is booked to perform at Awaken 2020, a religious gathering that has sparked outrage from the LGBTQ community for its lineup of speakers.

The event is scheduled for the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Cindy Jacobs, who has been openly hostile towards gay marriage, and Lou Engle, an advocate of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, are booked to speak during the event, WENN.com reports.

Engle had high praise for Kanye, who gave up secular music to lead the unwashed masses to Jesus.

"We believe Kanye is a sign to this nation that in a moment, thousands and thousands can be swept into the kingdom when (God) converts key people and their voices will be like thunder," Engle told The Western Journal.

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Kanye, 42, was not fazed by the backlash on social media. The producer and his wife Kim Kardashian, 39, watched the LA Lakers defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center on Jan. 13.

Fans online expressed their indignation and outrage that Kanye has agreed to allow his choir to perform at the religious gathering.

"People will still stan (stalk) Kanye despite him legitimizing and supporting radical anti-LGBTQ evangelicals/bigots," one fan tweeted, while another wrote: "What a f--king a--hole".

Kanye is rumored to be taking his Sunday Service choir on a world tour later this year.

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Drake has no intentions of ending his longtime feud with fellow musician Kanye West. On Christmas Day, Drake, right, made it clear that he and Kanye, left, are no longer friends.

The two former pals once discussed releasing a joint album together, and Kanye appeared at Drake's OVO music festival several times.

But battle lines were drawn in 2018, when Drake claimed he was Kanye's ghost writer.

Kanye's collaborator, Malik Yusef, implied in an interview that the rap superstar had heard that Drake had a secret son. Then rapper Pusha T released "The Story Of Adidon," on which he revealed Drake had a secret son.

Reports suggested Kanye had given Pusha T the tip about the baby, but Kanye denied the claim.

The two superstars continued to attack each other on record and in the media.

In October 2019, Kanye revealed he had gone to great lengths to end the beef in a radio interview, stating:

"Me and Drake had this disagreement and he refused to speak to me for six months. That was so painful… You cannot be in service to God and be mad at your brother next door... I go to Drake's house with no security and just leave my number... Drake lives four blocks down the street from me."

But in his Christmas Day message, Drake made it clear he has no wish to be friends with Kanye, insisting he cannot "fix" the music producer.

"I think he kind of recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me, no matter what he says (in) interviews. He can tell whoever, 'I got love for him' or whatever, but it's not love... There's something there that bothers him deeply. Yeah, I can't fix it for him, so, it just is what it is.

"I'm not just some kid that's not a fan anymore. Now we have personal situations, and like I said, a lot of his issues with me, I can't fix them for him."

Drake also revealed he will forever bear a grudge against Pusha T for the way the rapper revealed his secret son to the world: "I have no desire to ever mend anything with that person," he said.

"I'll say this, I tip my hat to the chess move. I mean, it was a genius play in the game of chess. And definitely warranted my first quote-unquote 'loss' in the competitive sport of rapping. Some people like his music. I personally don't 'cause I don't believe any of it."

Meanwhile, Drake had the Internet buzzing on Christmas Day, when he dropped a surprise music video for his new track "War" off his upcoming album of the same title.

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But hours later, he deleted the music video and re-uploaded it to his YouTube channel. Fans speculated that he removed the video to delete cameos of Marcella Zoia, the infamous "chair girl," who was arrested for throwing chairs off the balcony of a high rise hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Zoia pleaded guilty to mischief and causing danger to life and is awaiting sentencing next month. She faces six months in prison.
 

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Jay-Z got in a man's face and snatched his cell phone for filming Beyonce at Sean Combs' star-studded 50th birthday party on Saturday.

The "Hard Knock Life" rapper was hovering protectively over his wife Beyonce as she bust a move on the dance floor at the Bad Boy Records founder's belated 50th birthday party.

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The couple was among the many well-heeled guests helping their pal celebrate his big day at his Los Angeles mansion.

In footage filmed by a guest at the bash, the 39-year-old "Formation" singer can be seen getting down to Bobby Brown's classic hit "Every Little Step" alongside her pals Kelly Rowland and rapper Saweetie. Her overly protective husband hovered nearby.

The 50-year-old rapper quickly sprung to action when he caught a male guest standing right next to Beyonce with his cell phone out, seemingly trying to film the semi-retired singer.

In a second clip, the "Big Pimpin" rapper snatched the phone out of the stunned partygoer's hand. However, he appeared to return the phone swiftly after warning the reveler against recording his wife again.

The dreadlocked rapper can be heard asking the man, "Who invited you?"

The incident apparently didn't faze Beyonce, as the "Run The World (Girls)" star seemed to be in her own world.

The big night also saw Jay reunite with Kanye West, three years after the "Power" hitmaker called out Jay-Z and Beyonce onstage for skipping his 2014 wedding to wife Kim Kardashian-West.

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