Well maybe Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only one with a naughtier-than-nice past…
If you like to analyze Kanye West’s lyrics, this next piece of news won’t come as a huge surprise — but for the rest of you, take a seat!
In the 39-year-old’s song Real Friends, he raps:
“I had a cousin that stole my laptop that I was f*ckin’ bitches on. Paid that n**** 250 thousand just to get it from him. Real friends…Huh?”
And apparently, that really did happen!
According to controversial artist’s cousin, Lawrence Franklin, Kanye paid off another one of their relatives who had gotten access to video footage of the hip hop icon having sex with an unknown woman.
Lawrence says the clip was found on a laptop West had given away as a gift in 2012, the same year he started officially dating Kim.
In a new interview with DailyMail.com, it was this incident that led to ‘Ye’s mistrust in the people around him.
“The sex tape episode started his decline – he stopped trusting people. At the end of the day if a member of your family had taken you for a quarter of a million dollars – so they can complete their own ambitions – who can you trust within your circle? This was also around the time when his mother has just died and he takes a lot of responsibility for that. When you go from being a regular person to being a huge star – and having all of these mounting issues and being completely void of the normalcy that you once had – it’s tough. Where do you go? Who do you trust at the end of the day?”
Although we can’t imagine Yeezy will be super thrilled about another member of his family bringing the whole scandal back up again the press… but we digress.
Franklin went on to remember:
“I was at my aunt’s house when the family member who had the laptop called me, a friend of his, and my uncle to the kitchen where he opened the laptop to show a video of Kanye in clear view having sex with a fair-skinned black woman. The family member knew what he had was gold, and later called an old friend of his that was an attorney. He put together a small team him and his attorney went after Kanye, and to show that they meant business they leaked a little information publicly to let it be know they indeed had the footage. The family member tried to keep a low profile but it was not long before Kanye’s team learned who it was that had the sex tape.”
“Kanye was adamant that the tape would never get released. I’m not entirely sure why but one can only assume that because the woman in the video was not Amber Rose or Kim, or any woman he was linked with – that could have been the reason. Eventually the family member agreed to give Kanye the laptop for a large amount of money – more than $250,000, and ensure there were no other copies. He was was also required to take a lie detector test regarding the laptop. The family member got this money and started to buy himself a lifestyle he dreamed about. This did make Kanye upset, but it was all kept quiet. It caused a huge rift in our family.”
What a mess.
Regarding his cousin’s recent erratic behavior and mental health issues, Franklin said:
“I feel that kind of behavior happens when you have no one to turn to, you can’t trust your friends and you have no one to talk to. For the most part I don’t look at the Kardashians as real people. Kanye comes from a very family-orientated environment with roots and African American family lifestyle – you know family reunions with food and things like that. The Kardashians are the complete opposite of what’s familiar in our community. So it’s kind of weird for him and I can understand there’s no way for him to release that. The Kardashians do not represent our family values. Kim Kardashian made her way to fame through another sex tape and by showing her body – that’s who she is. When it comes down to substance, from the outside looking in – it doesn’t reflect what’s reality to us. Those are industry people, they live their lives for the camera. Everything they do is for the camera. They are always showing their bodies to get attention from the camera and at the end of the day that isn’t real. If everything was gone who are you in the mirror?”
He continued to shade the Kardashians by saying Kanye’s late mother, Donda, would not have approved if she were alive:
“I’m not personally sure how Aunt Donda would have received the Kardashians other than a good business move. If there was no fame, no fortune and no celebrity status and there was a woman who represented the things that Kim represents, knowing what Aunt Donda represented, she would not have approved. She represented class, dignity and respect, woman power and black power and she loved God. So outside of the industry, Aunt Donda would not have approved of Kim Kardashian – that’s the truth.”