HE might be one of the world’s most notorious rap stars but that will not stop a Hull band helping him in his time of need.
Chicago-born superstar Kanye West has announced on Twitter he is $53m in debt – prompting Hull musicians Black Kes to reach out to the fellow artist by holding a fundraiser in his hour of apparent need.
The three-piece band have even messaged West to express sympathy for the multi-million-pound rapper, saying they too are “family man in the music business” and even offering him the £45 they have in the band’s bank account.
Now, they have organised a concert for the star called For The Benefit Of Mr West.
They have tweeted him saying: “We have £45 in our band account, do you need it? We’re here for you if you do. We too are artists and family men. Xxx”
The “fundraiser” will be held at O’Reilys in Beverley Road this Friday and guests are asked to donate as much as they can afford to the rapper, who is married to Kim Kardashian.
In a joint statement, band members Chris Speck, James Tramner and Adam Atkinson, said: “Kanye West is $53 million in debt. That is more debt then most of us can ever imagine.
“Black Kes think that an artist of Kanye West’s magnitude should not suffer from the burdens of poverty and we want to help him.
“So Black Kes are holding a fundraising concert in his aid.”
So far, West, who is renowned for his out-spoken rants and has compared himself to a string of the most talented and successful people known to man – from Beethoven to Jesus – has not responded to the band’s act of solidarity.
Black Kes, a Skiffle band combining jazz, blues and folk, say if they do not hear back by the end of the gig, every penny raised will go to BricWorks – a charity in Story Street, Hull, which helps sufferers of mental health problems.
Known as Specky, JT and the Rat King, they have described their sound as Johnny Cash meets Lonnie Donegan and are hoping for a good turnout after advertising the gig on Facebook and Twitter.
Specky, who plays the washboard, described how the band have a history of generating ideas from social media.
He said: “For a while now, we have made a lot of our decisions by asking our fans on our Facebook page what we should do.
“We always ask them, ‘Should we do this or should we do that?’, and we asked them if we should help Kanye West.
“The results came back clear that we should, so we set about trying to find somewhere to host the gig.”