On June 22nd, Kanye West and Jay-Z brought their Watch The Throne tour to Birmingham, England. They performed in Sheffield the night before, and the final stop on their UK tour had them travelling from their hotel in Doncaster, a roughly 84 mile journey.
MTV is reporting that instead of driving for an hour and fourty-five minutes, Kanye paid £8,000 to hire a private jet to fly him and his entourage to Birmingham. Sources also say that Kanye, among a slew of other things, rented a chauffeured Mercedes, reserved the presidential suite in the 5-star Hotel Lowry in Birmingham, bought 50 white chocolate bars for Kim Kardashian, and treated his entire entourage to a wild night at the hotel bar.
How much did Kanye’s brief stay in Birmingham end up costing him? Let’s tally up the invoice for Yeezy’s accountant.
Item: Price: Private Jet £8,000 Mercedes & Chauffer £1,000 Presidential Suite £1,100 8 Rooms For Entourage (£200/each) £1,600 2 Dozen White Roses For Kim £200 50 White Chocolate Bars For Kim £100 Bar Tab £1,800 - 2 Bottles Of Tequila - 2 Bottles Of Vodka - 2 Bottles Of Disaronno Total: £13,800 In Canadian Dollars: $22,132.50
That’s a lotta dough for 13 hours! Let’s see how much it would have cost Kanye if he was living on the cheap.
Private JetBus Fare £45 Mercedes & ChaufferWalking £0 Presidential SuiteBirmingham Hostel £20 8 Rooms For Entourage (£200/each)Hostel £160 2 Dozen White Roses For KimOne Hug £0 50 White Chocolate Bars For KimOne Kiss £0 Bar TabSix Bottles Of Cheap Booze (£14/each) £84 - 2 Bottles Of TequilaCheap Booze - 2 Bottles Of VodkaCheap Booze - 2 Bottles Of DisaronnoCheap Booze Total: £13,800£309 In Canadian Dollars: $22,132.50$495.58
Over 20 grand wasted! To be fair, on the North American run of the Watch The Throne tour, the shows grossed $2.5 million per show. So I guess Kanye can afford to be a bit of a big spender.