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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 proclamations and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new trail, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that phase, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( replacing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its make said the best album 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 activity, the book launch was to be combined with a establish 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 sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new album would now be called Wavings rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to realize 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 books the whole way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which precipitated 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 rows( divisions 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 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 saw: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive affirmations written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 maidens is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better path to divert attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third 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 announced 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. Photo: 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 chants. 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 flow that maintained buffering due to necessitate, took on an unguarded grace on the big screen. Alls well that culminates 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 drew that fucking bitch famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conversation about the anthem, and she rendered her praises. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth good book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Periods after exhausting 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 help, extremely. He also announced he would be secreting another brand-new album 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 rows( place four) and album revises( part 1)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one struggle 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 specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five pate not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five heading ). He also said he might never liberated 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 revising it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced future prospects 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 informs( part two) and litigations( part 1)

Once again, tranquilize resolved over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly revised, 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 tinkering with it for the foreseeable. The problem, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; fans whod signed up 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 recent album have all contributed to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to collect useds personal information. No subject the seeming chaos circumventing the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to surface the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Suits( part two) and Macca assurances support

The periods were get longer and warmer, and West was predominantly abiding out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in them. Beings 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 dispensation from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt encountered 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 apply of the N-word in his texts was vindicated, quoting its appearing in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that nonsense, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt call that text. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that term in a completely different direction. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset depicts( part one) and a crime 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 planned 2am gig, ensuing in it being nullified 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 threw it at the time, an animation 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. Exclusively One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in stores.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he caused wholly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the carol in which he said hed built that fucking bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you recollect ). The video boasted a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some manner with West in bottom with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on notoriety, West anticipated. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent memory 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 violations are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but too massive bruises to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed maidens, twisted like theyve been medicine and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling gumption of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( segment 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 pipeline. Swift reacted, 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 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 registered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had divulged the rules and could face a year in district prison. The information that West has remained unincarcerated proposes, very much, that Swift contemplated 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 battles with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season sway, subconsciou you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to pattern furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I miss a plot that he makes, I crave 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 throbs? Ikea Australia answered with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Tells not go back here again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup browses around the world, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days merely. The brand-new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of pieces including thrift accumulation cases customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that piloted 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. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the labor, is inadequate to prompt any significant sequences , not holding 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 reacted suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo indicate was merit five virtuosoes dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( forming it the third album he announced in a year that accompanied exclusively one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 style prove, which boasted 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 appearances( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West trod off theatre halfway through a demo after learning that Kim had been parted from her self-possessions at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two depicts, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was find 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 book 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 creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was solely consistent with his programme on apportions affairs, 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 Defendant in LA

November: Offset sees( constituent 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 mob was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would action prejudiceds 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 ballads before moving 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 tired. He stayed for a week before being exhausted.

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 information and some bad news. The good report was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories enter of its first year, album of the year, anthem of the year, or even best city contemporary album, though he did get a excellent rap album nod. The worse information was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entry before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West deposits to his promise to boycott the honors on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better album of its first year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had big fish to fry. Not precisely any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so big youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a epithet: 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 browbeat, reinforcing schoolteachers, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now employed them surface of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely represents 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 menace to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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