The talented but polarizing hip-hop artist released his long-delayed album, "The Life of Pablo," Saturday night after performing two of its songs on "Saturday Night Live." After wrapping the song "Ultralight Beam," West announced that the album was available on his website and on Tidal, the streaming service.
But many fans complained on Twitter about not wanting to having to buy a Tidal subscription to hear the album, while those who went to West's site were greeted only with an audio message from Yasiin Bey, a stage name for rapper Mos Def.
This came after a tweet from West, sent Saturday night as he waited to go on "SNL," saying, "I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…"
It was not immediately clear whether or not he was serious — Twitter was skeptical, and with West, you never know — although the performer did claim a year ago that he was $16 million in debt trying to launch his clothing line.
Then there was the continued fallout over West's latest spat with pop star Taylor Swift. In his new song "Famous," West sings, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous," a possible reference to his high-profile interruption of Swift on stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
The lyrics sparked outrage from Swift fans and a statement from her rep condemning the song's "misogynistic message."
West tried to defuse the uproar, saying Friday he had talked to Swift about the line beforehand and "she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."
But in a statement sent to Billboard, a CNN content partner, a Swift representative said,
"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.'"