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

Its tough keeping pace with “the worlds” 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 announcements and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new way, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that extent, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its make said the best book of all time. On 26 January, he announced he would be premiering it at Madison Square Garden in New York. Never one to shun cross-promotional work, the book open was to be combined with a display for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinema 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 book would now be called Curves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa proposed hed pinched the new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to identify 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 books the whole 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 rows( roles 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 support for 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 Protector 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 announcements written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 maidens is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better method to distract attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new entitle in less than a few months. 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 epic 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 ultimately uncovered 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 chants. Still, it was fun at the cinema, reckoned Ben Beaumont-Thomas: What may have seemed ramshackle in Madison Square Garden, or watching at home on government officials stream that obstructed buffering due to request, took on an unguarded elegance on the big screen. Alls well that intention well, then. But hang on! 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 reached that fucking bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long speech about the hymn, and she generated her bless. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it sufficient to make it our fourth good 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 reached the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiere in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and requested Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, extremely. He too 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 integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( side four) and album updates( part 1)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one struggle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him employing Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday party with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five manager not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five honcho ). 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 released the month before, he was busy modernizing it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced the prospect 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 modernizes( part two) and suits( part 1)

Once again, pacify terminated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly modernized, 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 fidgeting with it for the foreseeable. The problem, though, was that in February he had told the world his album was able to ever be on Tidal; followers whod are signatories to Tidal on that promise are less disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album led to an influx of new Tidal subscribers and allowed the service to compile customers personal information. No content the apparent chaos smothering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to top the US maps based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca donates support

The daylights were getting longer and warmer, and West was predominantly remaining out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a dres in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 hymn Gyngyhaj Lny. He required $2.5 m in detriments clearly, he hadnt looked 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 employ of the N-word in his words was justified, quoting its form in collaborative relationships All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt use that term. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that parole in a completely different direction. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset displays( part 1) and a rape 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 many thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 2am gig, developing in it being nullified and the venue being locked down by permissions. 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 boasted, as the Guardian set it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers belatedly 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. Merely One has been in development since 2015. It was still not in stores.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he justification wholly useless offence the release of the video for Famous( the hymn in which he said hed made that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recall ). The video peculiarity a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some manner with West in plot with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prestige, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she called it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent retention and “says its” emblematic of crime 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 pain for the status of women he assaulted but likewise massive traumata to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famed dames, twisted like theyve been dosed and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling appreciation of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( component 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 sequence, by uploading to her Snapchat account film snippets of West and Swift on the phone debating Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch pipeline. 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 emotional 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 solicitors should be involved. Because if West had preserved the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the rules and could face a year in district incarcerate. The information that West has remained unincarcerated shows, very much, that Swift saw the lawyers could just keep out of it as much as is 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 fights with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season jive, imagination 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 crave a plot that he makes, I miss a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with leather jogging throbs? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back there again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup browses of all the countries, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days exclusively. The brand-new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of parts including thrift supermarket jackets customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes only $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, embarking his Saint Pablo tour on a stage that hovered 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 stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Photograph: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the duty, failing to precipitate any major rows , not insisting on his suitability to designing space shuttles , not announcing he should be the heads of state of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he reacted suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo present was value five superstars dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( realizing it the third largest album he announced in a year that saw exclusively one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion prove, which peculiarity real tigers dressed 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 demoes( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West stepped off theatre halfway through a display after received information that Kim had been parted from her self-possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two appearances, moving them to December( more on that subsequently ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was seeming 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 book 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 creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was exclusively consistent with his plan on awards happenings, which is normally 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 substantiates( area three) and Trump time( part one)

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 audience was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would action racists into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a rant against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three songs before marching 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 week before being discharged.

The month in a Kanye title : Misplaced in the World

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

The Grammy nominations were announced, and West had some good word 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 register of its first year, book of the year, song of its first year, or even good city contemporary book, though he did get a better rap album gesture. The worse bulletin was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the honors on 12 February. If he was feeling dismissed, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good album of its first year by Guardian commentators.

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When Donny converged Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Photograph: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had big fish to fry. Not simply any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a refer: 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 two movements of Nigel Farage. The intellect for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, corroborating educators, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now threw them surface 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 signifies he seems to have gone back on his threat to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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