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Is Elon Musk joking about Kanye West being his influence?

Elon Musk is the co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla Motors, and an investor in SolarCity. He also runs SpaceX. The 42 year-old South African billionaire has a net worth of $11 billion as reported by Forbes, although it’s probably higher now.

Musk has had quite a bit of media coverage lately. This includes a controversial blog post about him being the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man. It also includes his latest tweet where he claims Kanye West has been his biggest inspiration lately.

In case you haven’t noticed, Kanye West is 38 years old and married to Kim Kardashian. The two have a daughter together named North. It’s hard to imagine what kind of influence the Yeezus rapper could have on a billionaire many times his age. And it’s even harder to understand why Musk would want any association with Kanye West in the first place, given his well known outbursts and bizarre behavior.

In case you’re not familiar with The Life of Pablo, a popular song from West’s latest album is called “I Love Kanye.” In it he raps the following lyrics:

“Now everybody loves me, and I feel loved. I’m on the mountain top, lookin’ at my kingdom I said damn, Yeezy you did it. You did it. They love me. I’m so happy. They love me.”

— Kanye West, The Life of Pablo (Track 13)

“I Love Kanye” is only the beginning. There are many lyrics that make it clear West has an inflated sense of self-importance. For example: “I am a God,” and “Ego in charge of every decision.”

This would certainly explain Musk’s tweet, right? Maybe not.

What if it’s all a joke? Most of Twitter is convinced Kanye West and Elon Musk are playing a prank on the general public. The evidence for this theory includes:

1) West was in fact at SpaceX headquarters with his wife Kim Kardashian.

2) The Yeezus rapper posted a photo of himself wearing a SpaceX hat on Twitter.

3) Musk did tweet about Kanye West being an inspiration, although the reasons why remain unclear.

4) People have been tweeting back and forth between all three parties involved in this ‘prank.’ Including Scott Kelly who is a retired astronaut. He’s also getting in on the action (or not?)

5) West has been tweeting about taking Tesla private at $420 per share, but nobody is really sure if he’s joking or not. Although this tweet could be construed as sketchy:

–           Kanye West, August 7th (11 days ago)

There’s also this rather cryptic tweet from Musk:

–           Elon Musk, August 7th (11 days ago)

It could be a response to Kanye West taking his net worth statement seriously. Or it could all just be a joke? I suppose the only way we’ll know for sure is if Musk releases some sort of statement. Or if West takes Tesla private at $420 per share.

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