According to reports in January, Ye has planned a journey to Russia to put on shows, meet with President Vladimir Putin, and pursue business deals with Russian moguls – the logical next step for the artist who once called himself “Young Putin.”
According to a Billboard article, Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, planned to visit Moscow later this year to perform his first shows in the country and pursue business partnerships with property tycoon Aras Agalarov and his musical son Emin. According to Ameer Sudan, Ye’s counselor, the rapper will also help Emin increase his international profile as a singer, and that whatever undisclosed deals he forms with the Agalarovs will add billions of dollars to his already massive fortune.
Ye, on the other hand, plans to meet with Russia’s most powerful man, President Vladimir Putin. Ye has invited Putin to one of his ‘Sunday Service’ shows in Moscow, according to Billboard. Despite the fact that Putin is not a fan of rap music, Billboard noted that the rapper and the president could find common ground in their shared Christian faith.
faith aside, Ye could be banking on flattery to land himself an audience with Putin. In a November interview, he described himself as a “young Putin,” arguing that he exports culture in the same way that Russia exports oil.l.
“I used to say I was Young Vladimir until I realized I was Vladimir,” he announced in his typically disjointed fashion. “You know the moment when I realized it was? When I realized culture is an oil, culture is an energy. And I’m the king of culture, for the past 20, and the next 2,000 years.”