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Kanye West set to expand Fatburger empire

on November 23, 2010, 11:00am

Quincy Jones may have said that Kanye West is “just a rapper,” but we’ve just discovered a bit of news that leads us to say, “au contraire, mon frère.” Apparently Yeezy thought that already owning two Fatburger franchises just wasn’t enough, as HipHopDX now reports that West has purchased the rights to open ten more stores in the Windy City. He bought the rights through his holding company – KW Foods LLC – and West’s manager, Gee Roberson, explained the rapper’s ambition to be a restaurateur like this:

“Music is the foundation for everything Kanye does, but he doesn’t want to be defined only as a musician.  He’s really a designer, [and] he wants to do deals where he can have his fingerprints on the products.”

In the case of the burger joints, those fingerprints are going to be pretty damn greasy. Fatburger – which first opened in Los Angeles in 1952 – calls itself “The Last Great Hamburger Stand” and his famous for its 24 oz. Triple King Burger (pictured in the thumbnail). Despite, being extremely unhealthy, this writer can personally attest to a Fatburger’s deliciousness, so it’s no wonder West – along with Queen Latifah, Pharell Williams, and E-40 – have an interest in the joint.

In fact, you can own your own Fatburger store, too. So, Kanye idolaters who just realized that they may never be able to craft an album like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, can rest assured that they can at least own the same restaurant as their favorite rapper. Franchise opportunities are available by clicking here. Chicagoans interested in checking out Kanye’s existing Fatburger restaurants should hop The EL to Beverly or La Grange Road to get their fix.

In non-burger related news, Kanye will play a surprise show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom later tonight. Tickets go on sale at Noon EST. Also, according to Insound, the vinyl version of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be available December 21st.

Photo via Jess Wang

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