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Kanye West nearly stormed off the SNL set before performance

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There’s trouble brewing in Yeezy land once again.

The rapper/super producer/celebrity appeared on SNL this past weekend as a musical guest, but was visibly perturbed during promos for the guest spot. So perturbed, in fact, that according to an unnamed source speaking to the New York Post’s Page Six, Kanye nearly walked off of the set before executive producer Lorne Michaels and his wife Kim Kardashian talked him down and convinced him to continue as planned.

“Just moments leading into the live show, and during the live show, Kanye had a meltdown and threatened to walk off,” the source claims. Another person familiar with the situation said, “He freaked out about how the set was arranged. He was saying he’s ‘the greatest artist.’ He’s having regular meltdowns. Everyone’s walking on eggshells around him. He’s under a lot of stress between the new album and the fashion line.”

While it’s unclear exactly what rankled the infamously mercurial music mogul, a tweet (below) sent out just hours before the show aired suggests that West may be in the midst of some substantial financial troubles.

That sort of debt would certainly weigh heavily on anyone, but some are questioning the validity of the tweet and the overall mental health of the man who authored it.

Earlier on Saturday, West made repeated appeals to Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, asking that the social media magnate invest capital in his business ideas. In response, several of Yeezy’s fans were polite enough to point out that Zuckerberg isn’t on Twitter and that — since he invented Facebook — he probably won’t be joining anytime soon.

Despite a few frayed nerves, West did make it to the stage on Saturday night and performed more or less like he always does, though he did give a lot of time to guest artists on the second number. Even though volatility is par for the course when it comes to Kanye, his recent behavior has thrown up red flags for some.

Stay tuned for updates as West is liable to do and say … well … pretty much anything.

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