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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the life 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 packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album announcements and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new trail, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new line, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that detail, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer 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 pleasure, the album opening was to be combined with a present 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 sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new book would now be called Movements rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa hinted hed pinched the new epithet from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to experience bait without taking it, West piled in. Your first single was corny as fuck 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 replies 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 tamed sometimes. So why not tweet your is supportive of the man at the centre of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Defender Dave Schilling mentioned: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive explanations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better style to divert attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third 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 called Swish. Surely that would be it for the saga 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 eventually exposed 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 lyrics. 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 brook that saved buffering due to demand, took on an unguarded beautiful on the big screen. Alls well that purposes 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 constructed that fucking bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long discussion about the anthem, and she handed her favors. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct need of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it enough to make it our fourth better book of the year.

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

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( constituent four) and album modernizes( part 1)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one war of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him exploiting Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five honcho not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five thought ). He also said he might never exhausted a Cd again. Perhaps he was tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been exhausted the month before, he was busy informing it, so when you are 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 modernizes( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, allay colonized over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly informed, remixed and remastered version of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April, though he added that hed carry on dabbling with it for the foreseeable. The trouble, though, was that in February he had told the world his album was able to ever be on Tidal; followers whod signed up to Tidal on that promise are less disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests recent album led to an influx of new Tidal subscribers and allowed the services offered to collect customers personal information. No concern the seeming chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first book to top the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca donates support

The daytimes were going longer and warmer, and West was mainly standing out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. Beings such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a dres in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in impairs clearly, he hadnt realise Wests tweets about being $53 m in debt. Or people like Sir Paul McCartney, who told the world from its own position as one of the largest spokesmen for black people that Wests utilization of the N-word in his lyrics was apologized, quoting its appearing in their collaboration All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that substance, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt exploit that text. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that word in a totally different style. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled evidences( part 1) and a abuse culture video

West started getting back into the fluctuating 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 planned 2am gig, developing in it being nullified and the venue being locked down by sovereignties. 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 put it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who goes on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the gloom towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Simply One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in shops.

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

Then the moment marriage all “re waiting for”, the moment where he induced wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the sung in which he said hed moved that bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some manner with West in bottom with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she announced it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent recollection and “says its” emblematic of rape 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understanding of trauma for the status of women he assaulted but likewise massive traumata to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed women, twisted like theyve been pharmaceutical 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 rows( constituent 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 considering Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that bitch way. Swift answered, although 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 announced 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 advocates should be involved. Because if West had recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had smashed the rules and could face a year in county jail. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated intimates, 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 pushes with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season move, imagination you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to motif furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I miss a plot 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 practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with leather jogging gasps? 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 $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes of all the countries, exchanging limited-edition stock for three days merely. The brand-new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift store coats customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes simply $11 m short of be paid by his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, embarking his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that moved above the gathering, 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 mists and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the work, is inadequate to cause any significant sequences , not insisting on his suitability to intend space shuttles , not announcing he should be 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 see was importance five idols dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( constructing it the third largest album he announced in a year that read only one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way indicate, which peculiarity real beasts dressed in galoshes made from the highly treated skin 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 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West moved off stage halfway through a display after received information that Kim had been parted from her possessions at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two demoes, moving them to December( more on that subsequently ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was seeming vivacious 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 selected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was solely consistent with his programme on honors happens, which has usually consisted of publicly illustrating 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 depicts( portion 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 bunch was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would coerce racists into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a tirade against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three chants before marching 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 fatigue. He stayed for a few weeks prior to being discharged.

The month in a Kanye title : Lost in the World

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

The Grammy nominations were announced, and West had some good bulletin and some bad news. The good information was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories evidence of the year, album of the year, song of the year, or even good urban contemporary book, though he did get a better rap album nod. The worse bulletin was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an introduction before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West fastens to his promise to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling ignored, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good album of the year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had big fish to fry. Not just any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a identify: 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 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 rationale for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, corroborating teaches, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now employed them surface of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely makes West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two expressions of Trump. On the bright side, it symbolizes 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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