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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the life of Kanye West

Its tough keeping pace with the world of Kanye West. So let us take the hard work out of it and present to you the highlights of a packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album proclamations and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a new track, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that degree, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer said the best book of all time. On 26 January, he announced he “wouldve been” premiering it at Madison Square Garden in New York. Never one to shun cross-promotional act, the album opening was to be combined with a establish for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinemas worldwide. Of course.

You would think, with all that to take care of, West might have better things to do than having rows on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new album would now be called Curves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the new name from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to envision enticement without taking it, West piled in. Your first single was corny as fucking and most there after No one I know has ever listened to one of your books all the way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which provoked a most peculiar response from Khalifas girlfriend( and Wests ex ), Amber Rose: Are u mad Im not around to play in ur asshole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch. Its just like the Algonquin round table, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter rows( percentages two and three) and the album launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tame sometimes. So why not tweet your is supportive of the three men at the centre of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do merely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Champion Dave Schilling discovered: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive words written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better course to divert attention from that by has declared that your new album has its third brand-new entitle in less than a month. Now it was to be called The Life of Pablo. Half the tracklist had changed from when it was announced Swish. Surely that would be it for the tale of So Help Me God/ Swish/ Waves/ The Life of Pablo?

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In the Garden West at the Yeezy/ Life of Pablo launch at Madison Square Garden. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally disclosed the album at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appeared to get an email after one of the psalms. Still, “its been” fun at the cinema, reckoned Ben Beaumont-Thomas: What may have seemed ramshackle in Madison Square Garden, or watching at home on government officials flow that retained buffering due to requisition, took on an unguarded beauty on the big screen. Alls well that dissolves well, then. But hang in! Whats this? Its Taylor Swifts people saying she wasnt at all glad at Kanye rapping about her: I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I prepared that fucking bitch far-famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conference about the song, and she demonstrated her approvals. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct deficiency of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth better album of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Epoches after releasing The Life of Pablo which by the time it reached the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiered in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and expected Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, very. He too announced he would be secreting another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End modesties, though in all honest he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( component four) and album informs( part one)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with simply the one campaign of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him expending Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday party with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five intelligence not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five top ). He also said he might never secreted a CD again. Perhaps he was tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been liberated the month before, he was busy revising it, so whenever you logged in to Tidal you faced future prospects of listening to a different album to the one youd been listening to the day before.

The month in a Kanye title : Dont Stop

April: Album revises( part two) and litigations( part 1)

Once again, tranquilize adjudicated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently revised, remixed and remastered form of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April, though he added that hed carry on twiddling with it for the foreseeable. The question, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; followers whod are signatories to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal customers and allowed the services offered to obtain customers personal information. No problem the evident chaos circumventing the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to surface the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The epoches were get longer and warmer, and West was primarily standing out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a clothing in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt read Wests tweets about being $53 m in debt. Or people like Sir Paul McCartney, who told the world from his position as one of the largest spokesmen for black people that Wests give of the N-word in his lyricals was justified, citing its appearance in collaborative relationships All Day. Parties like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that substance, supposed, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt apply that term. I suggested, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that word in a completely different mode. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset testifies( part one) and a abuse culture video

West started getting back into the shaking of things as summer arrived. First, a popup concert at the 1,500 -capacity Webster Hall ended in the requisite chaos after numerous thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 2am gig, arising in it being offset and the venue being locked down by dominions. Well, he was always going to bounce back from that, which he did by unveiling the trailer to his Alone One video game. The trailer featured, as the Guardian made it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers late mother Donda West, who travels on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the gloom towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Merely One has been in development since 2015. It was still not in patronizes.

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Fame ogre Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the video for Famous. Picture: Tidal

Then the moment marriage all “re waiting for”, the moment where he stimulated wholly pointless offence the release of the video for Famous( the carol in which he said hed shaped that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you withdraw ). The video boasted a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some way with West in bed with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prominence, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she announced it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remember and said it was emblematic of rape culture. And theres more. As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls is suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosbys felonies are still being uncovered and understanding of trauma for the status of women he assaulted but likewise massive bruises to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of far-famed maidens, twisted like theyve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a nauseating sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( segment five extended to Snapchat and Instagram)

Would there be no end to the West-Swift kerfuffle? This time it was Kim Kardashian West restarting the row, by uploading to her Snapchat account film snippets of West and Swift on the phone examining Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch thread. Swift greeted, though she chose Instagram: Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me that bitch in his song? It doesnt exist because it never happened. You dont get to control people psychological response to being called that fucking bitch in front of the entire world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right lawyers. And what did they have to say? That lawyers should be involved. Because if West had recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had break-dance the law and could face a year in district penitentiary. The detail that West has remained unincarcerated advocates, very much, that Swift believed the lawyers could just keep out of it as far as she was concerned.

The month in a Kanye title : Blame Game

August: Dreaming of Ikea and opening popup shops

The dog days of August were free of contends with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season change, judgment you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to layout furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bottom that he makes, I miss a chair that he makes, West supposed, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that realism of anything designed by the man who came up with skin running throbs? Ikea Australia answered with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup shops of all the countries, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days simply. The new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he answered generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of parts including thrift supermarket casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, embarking his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that hovered above the audience, naturally seemed positively restrained.

The month in a Kanye title : Christian Dior Denim Flow

September: On the road and on the catwalk

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I want to take you higher Kanye and his flying stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the make, failing to precipitate any significant sequences , not contending on his suitability to pattern space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the heads of state of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo picture was importance five adepts dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( realise it the third largest album he announced in a year that realise simply one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner evidence, which boasted real beasts garmented in galoshes made from the highly treated scalp of lions.( It didnt; but you believed it, didnt you ?)

The month in a Kanye title: Highlights

October: Nullified substantiates( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West trod off stage halfway through a demo after learning that Kim had been parted from her self-possessions at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two testifies, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was experiencing feisty by now, and when the Saint Pablo tour resumed, he told the crowd in Oakland how the 2017 Grammys needed to pan out: The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not elected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was only consistent with his policy on accolades occasions, which has usually consisted of publicly showing sometimes to the recipients face, while they received their award why he thought someone else should have got the gong.

The month in a Kanye title : No More Defendant in LA

November: Cancelled indicates( side three) and Trump time( part 1)

There will be no armchair diagnosis here, but goodness knows November was not a great month in Westworld. Addressing the crowd at his San Jose show, he said he hadnt therefore voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would coerce prejudiceds into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a rant against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three psalms before stepping off stage. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly offset when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for tired. He stayed for a few weeks before being exhausted.

The month in a Kanye title : Failed in the World

December: Grammy politics( part two) and Trump time( part two)

The Grammy nominations were announced, and West had some good news and some bad news. The good report was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories chronicle of the year, book of its first year, chant of the year, or even better urban contemporary book, though he did get a excellent rap album gesture. The worse word was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West persists to his promise to boycott the honors on 12 February. If he was feeling ignored, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth excellent album of the year by Guardian reviewers.

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When Donny satisfied Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Photo: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had bigger fish to fry. Not only any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a mention: Donald Trump. It would be fair to say the general action when West went to meet the president-elect in Trump Tower the taste-free skyscraper in Manhattan that is Trumps Bond-villain lair was not, I cant wait to hear what these two famed purveyors of commonsense “re saying”, so much as, Good God, even he should know this is beyond the pale. But no; he didnt think it beyond the pale to replicate the movements of Nigel Farage. The reason for his visit, he did, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, subscribing teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now placed them meridian of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely means West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two terms of Trump. On the bright side, it necessitates he seems to have gone back on his menace to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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