Kanye West and Kim Kardashian finalized their divorce this week. The lengthy process has resulted in them sharing custody of their four children both legally and physically. However, Kim is still expected to have the children 80% of the time, with Kanye being asked to pay up 200k a month to support them. This has many recalling one of his greatest hits, “Gold Digger,” and pointing out how West predicted his own future.
2005’s “Gold Digger” was a significant hit for Kanye West. Featuring Jamie Foxx, the song was initially pitched for Chicago rapper Shawnna who passed up on it. West kept it for his sophomore album, Late Registration, where it served as his first single. “Gold Digger” was a #1 hit for Kanye and won him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song is about fame culture and women who date rich men for money and opportunity. West sings about how beautiful women will get pregnant to secure their man’s money for 18 years while they raise their child together.
Kim Kardashian may be far from a gold digger. The self-made millionaire came from a well-off family and used her money and looks to build a media and beauty empire. However, she is still cashing in on being Kanye’s wife thanks to the hefty fee he will now be paying to support their kids. Comedian DL Hughley pointed out the irony in this and how West rapped about something similar on “Gold Digger.”
Hughley re-shared The Shade Room’s post about West and Kim’s child support with the caption, “When (your) life imitates (your) art…YIKES😳” Followed by a quote from the song saying, “If you ain’t no punk holla, ‘We want prenup.’ ‘We want prenup!’ yeah. It’s something that you need to have. ‘Cause when she leave yo’ a**, she gone leave with half….” In addition to the child support, West is also expected to split all of the children’s expenses with Kim, including their education and security.
The road to divorce has been long and grueling for the pair, who announced their separation in February of 2021 and revealed that they had been living separately for some time. West reportedly blew up on Kim towards the end of 2020 and she decided it was the last straw for her. Kim got to work prepping for their split with attorney Laura Wasser, while Kanye went through five legal teams, losing his most recent following following his antisemitic remarks in October.
DL Hughley spoke out about Kanye West following that scandal as well, calling him a “after West included “WLM” shirts in his Yeezy fashion show. He argued that West had the same values as white supremacist including, a disdain for the same people that they do, which is people that are Black, and others. He also denounced West use of mental state as a defense for his behavior, arguing that Ye has access to “some of the most powerful [and] rich white dudes in the world, and some of the most powerful artists in the world. So I don’t know what more support he would need.”
In addition to receiving $200,000 monthly, Kim Kardashian has received several properties including the home Kanye West purchased next to her earlier this year.