Ye is definitely aware of his value. Kanye West’s claimed seven-figure performance fee, which is significantly greater than the $1M estimate that appeared online earlier this week, may be the reason why we’ve seen fewer appearances from him in recent years.
According to HipHopDX, Instagram user @RapThoughtsDaily estimated that Ye earns $1 million every gig when compiling a list of musicians’ concert fees. The father of four (who follows the page) DM’d them to ask for a correction after the article started going viral.
“Please change this,” Yeezy wrote in the message he sent them. “My performance fee is $8 million.”
According to additional estimates made by the publication, Joey Bada$$ gets $65K, JID and Denzel Curry receives $100K, Vince Staples and Kid Cudi earns $125K, and Tyler, The Creator makes $150K. (though he rapped about making “a million a show” on his Call Me If You Get Lost collab track with 42 Dugg, “LEMONHEAD”).
The list also includes Young Thug ($1.5M), who is currently in prison, and Drake ($500K). The other musicians have neither confirmed or denied the rumors, as information about performance fee negotiations is typically kept under wraps. Regarding Ye’s $8M claim, however, it appears to be in keeping with the news stories regarding the massive sum he missed out on by withdrawing from the Coachella lineup earlier this year.