Kanye West is reportedly making international travel plans for a presidential meeting and performance.
According to Billboard, the artist, known now as Ye, is planning to travel to Russia this year to meet with Vladimir Putin and have a Sunday Service performance. The “Off The Grid” rapper is also looking to talk business with entrepreneur Aras Agalarov, known to many as the “Donald Trump of Russia.”
Plans are currently underway to make the trip sometime this spring and summer, Ye’s strategic advisor Ameer Sudan told the outlet. Ye’s attorney, Scott Balber, is also helping coordinate the trip East.
Sudan says that the trip isn’t going to be a one-and-done situation, and that Russia will be “a second home” for the rapper and former US presidential candidate. “He will be spending a lot of time out there,” Sudan said.
As far as business dealings go, Agalarov is one of the country’s leading developers and, like Trump, brands a lot of buildings. The businessman’s development agency, Crocus Group, owns over four million square meters of property throughout Russia.
Agalarov is also a close associate of Putin’s and is apparently working through Ye’s attorney to expand the rapper’s wealth by $10 billion, though Sudan couldn’t reveal exact details of the plans.
Ye is also apparently working with Agalarov’s son Emin Agalarov on music collaborations.
Sudan says Putin has been interested in getting a Russia Sunday Service performance since Ye launched the concert experience in 2019. This will mark Ye’s first performance in Russia.