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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the living standards 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 bulletins and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new line, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that time, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( superseding 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 activity, the album launch was to be combined with a substantiate for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinema 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 brand-new album would now be called Brandishes rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa showed hed pinched the brand-new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to understand 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 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 round table, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter sequences( areas 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 only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardians Dave Schilling observed: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a chest full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive proclamations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 wives is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better mode to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new title 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 called 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 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 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 stream that continued buffering due to necessitate, took on an unguarded charm on the big screen. Alls well that ends well, then. But hang in! 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 obliged that bitch far-famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long exchange about the chant, and she yielded her blessings. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct paucity of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it enough to make it our fourth excellent album 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 version premiere in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and questioned Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, too. He also announced he would be secreting another new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End modesties, though in all integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( area four) and album updates( part 1)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with precisely the one war of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him exploiting 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 chief ). He also said he might never liberated a CD again. Perhaps “hes been” tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been secreted the month before, he was busy modernizing 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: Album updates( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, appease terminated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently 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 twiddling 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; fans whod are signatories to Tidal on that promise were rather disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album have all contributed to an influx of new Tidal customers and allowed the service to obtain customers personal information. No material the obvious chaos surrounding the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to top the US graphs based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Suits( part two) and Macca assurances support

The dates were getting longer and warmer, and West was largely abiding out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in them. Parties such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a clothing in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 carol Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in impairments clearly, he hadnt understood 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 employ of the N-word in his words was apologized, quoting its impression in their collaboration All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that substance, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt use that parole. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that parole in a totally different style. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled shows( part 1) and a assault culture video

West started getting back into the swaying 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 planned 2am gig, arising in it being offset and the venue being locked down by authorities. 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 employed it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers late 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. Exclusively 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. Image: Tidal

Then the moment united all “re waiting for”, the moment where he caused utterly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the psalm in which he said hed cleared that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you recollect ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some way with West in berth with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prominence, West calculated. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she announced it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent retention 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understood as pain for the status of women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of far-famed wives, twisted like theyve been medication 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 rows( place 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 position. 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 people emotional response to being called that fucking bitch in front of the whole world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right solicitors. And what did they have to say? That lawyers 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 county prison. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated hints, very much, that Swift recalled 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 engages with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swinging, mind 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 crave a berth that he makes, I crave a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dorm 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 greeted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition product for three days simply. The brand-new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of pieces including thrift accumulation 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 winged 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 mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the labor, failing to prompt any major sequences , not contending on his suitability to design space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo reveal was worth five stellars dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( realizing it the third album he announced in a year that experienced only one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way appearance, which featured 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: Cancelled substantiates( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West walked off theatre halfway through a establish after learning that Kim had been parted from her possessions at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two establishes, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was appearing 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 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 wholly consistent with his programme on gives occasions, which has usually consisted of publicly explaining 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 displays( portion 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 crowd was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would thrust 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 anthems before strolling off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly offset when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for exhaustion. He stayed for a few weeks prior to being exhausted.

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

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When Donny encountered Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Picture: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had bigger fish to fry. Not exactly any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a chain 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 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 repeat the two movements of Nigel Farage. The ground for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, subsidizing educators, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now set them crest of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely necessitates West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two terms of Trump. On the bright side, it makes 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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