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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the living standards 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 notices and Twitter sequences( part one)

After releasing a brand-new trail, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new trail, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that item, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( ousting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its creator 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 book propel was to be combined with a show 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 sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new book would now be called Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the new appoint from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to visualize 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 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 sequences( personas two and three) and the album launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tamed sometimes. So why not tweet your support for “the mens” at the center of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do simply that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardian 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 accounts written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 females is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better direction to divert attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new claim 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 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. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally divulged 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 anthems. 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 flow that impeded buffering due to requirement, took on an unguarded knockout on the big screen. Alls well that ends well, then. But hang on! Whats this? Its Taylor Swifts people saying she wasnt at all joyous at Kanye rapping about her: I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long speech about the song, and she demonstrated her supports. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct need of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it enough to make it our fourth better book of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Epoches after secreting 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 $53 m in debt and requested Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, more. He also announced he would be releasing another new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End stockpiles, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( constituent four) and album modernizes( part one)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only 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 manager not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five chief ). He also said he might never release a Cd again. Perhaps he was tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been secreted the month before, he was busy informing 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 revises( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, calm settled over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently informed, 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 question, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; fans whod are signatories to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album have all contributed to an influx of new Tidal readers and allowed the service to collect useds personal information. No topic the apparent chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to top the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Suits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The days were get longer and warmer, and West was largely biding out of the headlines. Except when other people 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 album Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in injuries clearly, he hadnt insured 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 great spokesmen for black people that Wests application of the N-word in his lyricals was justified, quoting its image in collaborative relationships All Day. Parties like Oprah, whos a little republican about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt apply that message. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that term in a completely different route. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified indicates( part 1) and a crime culture video

West started getting back into the shaking of things as summertime 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, resulting in it being cancelled 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 gave 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 clouds 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. Photograph: Tidal

Then the moment marriage all “re waiting for”, the moment where he effected wholly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the carol in which he said hed built that bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you recollect ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some manner with West in berth with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prominence, West calculated. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she announced it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remembrance and “says its” emblematic of abuse 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 violations are still being uncovered and understood as trauma for the status of women he assaulted but too massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed ladies, twisted like theyve been medication 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 sequences( 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 examining Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch front. Swift answered, 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 emotional response to being called that bitch in front of the entire world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right solicitors. 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 broken the rules and could face a year in county incarcerate. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated intimates, very much, that Swift envisaged 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 fights with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swing, judgment you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to designing furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I crave a bed that he makes, I miss a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dormitory room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather running pants? Ikea Australia reacted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Makes not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup browses of all the countries, selling limited-edition stock for three days simply. The new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of components including thrift accumulation cases customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes only $11 m short of be paid by his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that flew 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. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the duty, is inadequate to prompt any significant sequences , not contending 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 behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo present was importance five hotshots dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( realise it the third largest album he announced in a year that identified simply one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 pattern picture, which boasted real tigers dressed in galoshes made from the highly treated surface of lions.( It didnt; but you believed it, didnt you ?)

The month in a Kanye title: Highlights

October: Nullified reveals( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West ambled off stagecoach halfway through a display after received information that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two evidences, moving them to December( more on that afterwards ). As for the raiders, 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 creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was wholly consistent with his programme on awards contests, 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 Parties in LA

November: Nullified presents( persona 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 voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The army was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they won round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would thrust racists into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a ranting against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three psalms before moving 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 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 bulletin and some bad news. The good bulletin was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them was already in the big categories preserve of the year, book of its first year, hymn of its first year, or even best city contemporary album, though he did get a best rap book gesture. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an entryway before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West sticks to his promise to boycott the gives on 12 February. If he was feeling ignored, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better book of its first year by Guardian commentators.

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

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had bigger fish to fry. Not merely 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 call: 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 reasonablenes for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, supporting teaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now put them crest 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 periods of Trump. On the bright side, it necessitates 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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