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

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

January: Album bulletins and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new way, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that point, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( ousting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its manufacturer said the best album 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 work, the book opening was to be combined with a indicate for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinemas worldwide. Of course.

You would think, with everything 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 Billows rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa hinted hed pinched the brand-new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to visualize bait 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 albums all the way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which prompted 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 “king arthurs round table”, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter sequences( roles two and three) and the book launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tame sometimes. So why not tweet your support for the man at the centre of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardian Dave Schilling celebrated: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a casket full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive statements written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better course to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new name in less than a month. Now it was to be called The Life of Pablo. Half the tracklist had changed from when it was called Swish. Surely that would be it for the story 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. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West ultimately discovered the album at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appears to be get an email after one of the songs. 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 the official torrent that deterred buffering due to demand, took on an unguarded attractivenes on the big screen. Alls well that aims well, then. But hang on! Whats this? Its Taylor Swifts people saying she wasnt at all happy at Kanye rapping about her: I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I prepared that fucking bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conference about the ballad, and she devoted her backings. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct lack of focus. Still, the rest of our writers liked it enough to make it our fourth excellent album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Daytimes after releasing The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the form premiered in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and asked Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, too. He too announced he would be exhausting another new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End substitutes, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( duty four) and album revises( part 1)

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

The month in a Kanye title : Dont Stop

April: Book updates( part two) and suits( part 1)

Once again, tranquilize resolved over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly modernized, 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 tinkering with it for the foreseeable. The difficulty, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; love whod are signatories to Tidal on that predict are less disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent album led to an influx of new Tidal customers and allowed the service to accumulate consumers personal information. No substance the seeming chaos smothering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first album to top the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The daylights were going longer and warmer, and West was largely standing out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in their own homes. Beings such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a suit in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 hymn Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in injuries clearly, he hadnt discovered 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 great spokesmen for black people that Wests usage of the N-word in his texts was apologized, quoting its look in collaborative relationships All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little republican about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt expend that word. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that message in a totally different course. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified displays( part one) and a assault 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, ensuing in it being nullified and the venue being locked down by governments. Well, he was always going to bounce back from that, which he did by unveiling the trailer to his Only One video game. The trailer peculiarity, as the Guardian made it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers belatedly 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 browses.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he justification utterly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the hymn in which he said hed prepared that fucking bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some way with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on reputation, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she announced it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent recognition and said it was emblematic of assault culture. And theres more. As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosbys felonies are still being uncovered and understood as trauma for the status of women he assaulted but too massive traumata to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famous ladies, twisted like theyve been pharmaceutical and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( fraction 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 exploring Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that bitch direction. Swift responded, 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 someones psychological response to being called that bitch in front of the whole 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 entered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the law and could face a year in county incarcerate. The happening that West has remained unincarcerated proposes, very much, that Swift concluded 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 crusades with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season waver, memory you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to design furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I miss a couch that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dormitory room designed by him. And who the hell is we to doubt that feasibility of anything designed by the man who came up with leather running gasps? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Tells not go back here again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition product for three days only. The new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift accumulation casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of paying off his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre 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 stage for the Saint Pablo tour. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the operate, is inadequate to cause any significant rows , not contending on his suitability to design 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 merit five wizards dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( making it the third largest album he announced in a year that learnt merely one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion demo, which peculiarity real tigers 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: Offset demoes( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West ambled off theatre halfway through a reveal after learning that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two demonstrates, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was feeling spunky 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 album. 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 solely consistent with his program on awardings incidents, which has usually consisted of publicly justifying 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 Party in LA

November: Nullified proves( duty 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 voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would pressure racists 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 walking off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly cancelled when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for exhaustion. 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 report and some bad news. The good report was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them was already in the big categories chronicle of the year, book of the year, chant of the year, or even excellent metropolitan contemporary book, though he did get a excellent rap album gesture. The worse bulletin was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the gifts on 12 February. If he was feeling rejected, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better album of its first year by Guardian reviewers.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not exactly any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so large-scale youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a name: Donald Trump. It would be fair to say the general reaction 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 have to say, 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 ground for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, supporting teaches, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now gave them top of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely signifies West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two words of Trump. On the bright side, it represents he seems to have gone back on his menace to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

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