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Kanye West's friend suggests rap star needs 'counselling'

West declares he's in £33m ($53) in personal debt

Kanye West's friend and former music collaborator has suggested he needs 'counselling' as the top rap star also revealed on Twitter that he's in £33m ($53) of personal debt.

Kanye West declared his debt situation in a series of posts on, just days after he launched his latest fashion collection and unveiled his new album.

The rapper made the claim just before his appearance on U.S. TV show Saturday Night Live (13Feb16), and the same day that his much-anticipated new album, The Life of Pablo, was released.

"I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome... This is my true heart...", he wrote on Saturday.

"This is all all is fun all in good feelings... We will all be gone 100 years from now but what did we do to help while we were here!!! They are calling me to the SNL stage now ... Speak soon..."

The rapper has yet to clarify his comments, and wife Kim Kardashian ignored his outburst and promoted the release of his new album on Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal instead. "I just officially signed up to TIDAL. Everyone Go get #TheLifeOfPablo," she wrote on Twitter.

It's not the first time that Kanye has discussed his money woes, as last year (15) he admitted that he was $16 million (£10 million) in debt, racked up as he tried to get his Yeezy clothing line established.

"I was trying to play a sport that’s a billionaire sport. It’s not a millionaire sport and I’m proud of the debt. I don’t care about somebody’s... house. I care about my vision," he told Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Earlier, songwriter Che Smith, who goes by alias Rhymefest, took to on Friday (12 Feb 2016) to let fans know he has no desire to work with Kanye anymore, even though the pair have collaborated on hit songs such as Jesus Walks and New Slaves in the past.

According to Che, Kanye has become difficult to work with, explaining on Twitter: "my brother needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual & mental. He should step away from the public & yesmen & heal (sic)".

The 38-year-old Flashing Lights star has been tremendously controversial in recent days, as many people are upset over misogynistic lyrics aimed at Taylor Swift in his new song Famous from fresh album T.L.O.P. (The Life of Pablo). The offending lyrics - "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why, I made that b**ch famous" - prompted several celebrities, including Ruby Rose and Jaime King, to criticise him for being sexist and undermining women.

But on Saturday (13Feb16) Kanye responded to critics, including his former collaborator Rhymefest, by posting a series of longwinded tweets on his Twitter account.

In the messages, the hip hop star claims his life mission mirrors the goals possessed by Christian icon Saint Paul the Apostle, who is credited with spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Ancient Rome through preaching and opening up several churches.

"Paul ... The most powerful messenger of the first century... Now we stand here 20 centuries later... Because he was a traveler... (sic)," Kanye wrote in the first of several rambling tweets. "He was a learned man not of the original sect so he was able to take the message to the rest of the world...

"He was saved from persecution due to his Roman citizenship... I have the right to speak my voice..."

Kanye closed out the tweets by insisting he wants to make a positive difference in other people's lives, just like Saint Paul.

"Please forgive the profanity and give hugs and blessings to my brother Kirk for standing by me... In a few hours the journey begins...," he wrote. "All memes are wrong... The Life of Paul... The life of Pablo... Ultralight beams... Moms dads daughters sons stand up...

"Let's dance in the streets. I am consumed by my purpose to help the world."

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