Kanye West recently turned to social media to express his challenges in securing venues for his upcoming album tour. In a video posted on his Instagram story, the Graduation rapper lamented being turned down by multiple venues due to purported lack of availability.
While he implied widespread reluctance to accommodate him, he noted the United Center in Chicago remains open to hosting his events.
“We just sold out the United Center in seven minutes,” he claimed in the video. “And I just want to express to everybody out there to see if they can help with this. [United Center] is the only arena that I had access to in the past year.”
“When I call, people say there’s no avails for me, and you know why that is,” Ye added, suggesting that his history of making antisemitic remarks might be influencing venue operators’ decision.
The rapper ended the 25-seconds clip with a plea for assistance. “So if there’s anybody out there that can help with this, please do.”
Following the video’s release, Kanye received an outpouring of messages from close friends and industry promoters offering venue options. Screenshots shared by the rapper showcased conversations with individuals like Freddie Gibbs and YesJulz, who proposed various domestic and international venues, including iconic landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Giza Pyramids.
“I’m glad I put that video up talking about how they not giving me stadiums,” Ye said in a conversation to Freddie Gibbs. “It will sell out like united centre,” Gibbs replied.
In another screenshot from a conversation with his head of bookings, Cara Lewis, Ye asked. “How many offers and avails have we received since I posted the video,” to which Cara replies, “Crazy amount of non stop calls from the all over the world.”
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign are gearing up to release their highly anticipated album, “Vultures,” featuring an impressive lineup of collaborators. The album will be released in three volumes, with the first volume scheduled for release on Feb. 9, followed by subsequent volumes in March and April.