Kanye West fan sets up GoFundMe page to help pay off $53M debt; Philly PD offers job

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Thursday, February 18, 2016
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Kanye West performs on the main Pyramid stage during the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England.
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Earlier this week, rapper Kanye West shared with the world that he's $53 million in debt, and soon after, he asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his ideas. But it looks like someone else is coming to West's aid.

A fan who goes by the name Jeremy Piatt started a GoFundMe page to raise money for West.

"We must open our hearts and wallets for Kanye today. Sure he is personally rich and can buy furs and houses for his family, but without our help, the true genius of Kanye West can't be realized," Piatt writes on the GoFundMe page.

West dropped the bombshell on Twitter before performing on "Saturday Night Live" saying, "Please pray we overcome -- this is my true heart."

In a series of tweets, West, who recently referred to himself as the Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry of music meaning "the best in 2 generations," went on to explain more about his dilemma, "Yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family; but I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world; If I spent my money on my ideas I could not afford to take care of my family. I am in a place that so many artist end up."

Later, he publicly made that billion-dollar request to Zuckerberg.

West has also asked for the help of Larry page, the co-founder of Google.

The goal of the GoFundMe page is to raise the entire $53 million for West. So far, 249 people have raised more than $2,200 in just two days.

Piatt says he fully intends to give every penny to West.

"I'd like to update everyone and let you know that I don't want a penny from this. I would like everything to go to Kanye. Since he is such a high profile public figure, I would prefer to have GoFundMe transfer all funds to his people directly," Piatt wrote on the page.

But charity isn't the only way to go. The Philadelphia Police have extended a tongue-in-cheek job offer that could help Kanye ease his debt.

"We R hiring, @kanyewest," the PPD tweeted Thursday morning. "Starting salary of $47,920; u could be debt-free by the year 3122!"

The Philly PD then linked to their career page to assist the rapper who just released his latest album "The Life of Pablo."

Sergeant Eric Gripp, the Philly police's social media guru, says if Kanye became part of the team, it could be great for both the city and for Gripp himself.

"He's very introspective and forthcoming, so perhaps his personality could help make inroads with some members of the community. That, and his hiring would save me from ever having to rap for the PPD again. That's a win for me and the City!," Gripp tweeted to 6abc.

West has yet to tweet about the Philadelphia Police Department's offer.

WPVI-TV contributed to this report.