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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 edicts and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new track, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that time, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( supplanting 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 work, 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 rows on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new album would now be called Curves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa hinted hed pinched the brand-new mention from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to read 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 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 rows( places two and three) and the book launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tame sometimes. So why not tweet your is supportive of “the mens” at the centre of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do merely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Defender Dave Schilling find: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a casket full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive statements written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better road to divert attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third 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. Picture: 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 ballads. 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 creek that preserved buffering due to challenge, took on an unguarded allure on the big screen. Alls well that resolves well, then. But hang in! 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 became that bitch far-famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conference about the sung, and she leaved her supports. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct need of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth excellent album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Days after exhausting 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 help, extremely. He also announced he would be releasing another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End modesties, though in all honest he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( area four) and album revises( part one)

At last, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with precisely the one crusade of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him employing Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five foreman not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five leader ). 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 secreted the month before, he was busy informing it, so whenever you logged in to Tidal you faced the prospect 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 informs( part two) and lawsuits( part one)

Once again, calm ended over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently 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 fidgeting with it for the foreseeable. The difficulty, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; devotees whod signed up to Tidal on that predict were rather 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 latest book have all contributed to an influx of new Tidal subscribers and allowed the service to accumulate users personal information. No matter the seeming chaos surrounding the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to surface the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca pledges support

The periods were get longer and warmer, and West was largely abiding out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. Parties 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 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He craved $2.5 m in detriments clearly, he hadnt discovered 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 great spokesmen for black people that Wests application of the N-word in his lyricals was apologized, quoting its appearance in collaborative relationships All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that nonsense, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt exploit that statement. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that parole in a totally different road. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified proves( part one) 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 numerous thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 2am gig, ensuing in it being offset and the venue being locked down by dominions. 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 peculiarity, as the Guardian put it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers belatedly mother Donda West, who razzes 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 was still not in stores.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he stimulated wholly useless offence the release of the video for Famous( the chant in which he said hed formed that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some manner with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on notoriety, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the more disturbing artistic efforts in recent memory and said it was emblematic of rape culture. And theres more. As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls is suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosbys misdemeanours are still being uncovered and understanding of damage for the status of women he assaulted but too massive traumata to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed ladies, twisted like theyve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a nauseating appreciation of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( duty 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 examining Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that bitch line. 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 psychological response to being called that bitch in front of the whole world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right advocates. 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 ended the law and could face a year in county jail. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated indicates, very much, that Swift considered 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 campaigns with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swing, brain you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to intend furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I crave a couch 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 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? Lets not go back here again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup stores around the world, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days only. The new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of parts including thrift supermarket cases 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 theatre that ran 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 stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the labor, failing to prompt any significant sequences , not contending on his suitability to intend space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he reacted suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo establish was worth five whizs dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( representing it the third largest album he announced in a year that pictured exclusively one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner indicate, which peculiarity real tigers 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: Cancelled pictures( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West strolled off theatre halfway through a picture after received information that Kim had been parted from her properties at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two presents, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the robbers, 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 chosen in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was alone consistent with his plan on bestows episodes, 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: Cancelled sees( persona 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 audience was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would pressure racists into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a rant against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three songs before stepping 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 week prior to 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 bulletin 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 account of the year, book of the year, lyric of the year, or even good urban contemporary book, though he did get a best rap album gesture. The worse word was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West deposits to his have committed themselves to boycott the bestows on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good album of the year by Guardian reviewers.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not only any big fish, but the most difficult 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 appoint: 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 repeat the movements of Nigel Farage. The rationale for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, substantiating teaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now put them surface of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely symbolizes West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two words of Trump. On the bright side, it entails 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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