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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the life 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 edicts and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new trail, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that time, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( 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 act, the album propel was to be combined with a indicate 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 album would now be called Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa proposed hed pinched the brand-new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to look 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 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 sequences( proportions 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 is supportive of “the mens” at the centre of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do exactly that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Keeper Dave Schilling mentioned: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a carton full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive proclamations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 girls is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better way to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third 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 announced Swish. Surely that would be it for the saga 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 eventually 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 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 the official river that hindered buffering due to ask, took on an unguarded allure on the big screen. Alls well that discontinues 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 attained that bitch famous. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conference about the hymn, and she caused her blessings. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortage 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. Dates 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 $53 m in debt and questioned Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, too. 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 reserves, though in all honest he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( part four) and album modernizes( part 1)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one conflict of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him use Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five honcho not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five foreman ). He also said he might never release a Cd again. Perhaps “hes been” tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been released the month before, he was busy modernizing it, so whenever you 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 revises( part two) and suits( part one)

Once again, tranquilize settled over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently updated, 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 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; followers whod signed up to Tidal on that promise were rather disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest book led to an influx of brand-new Tidal subscribers and allowed the service to accumulate customers personal information. No thing the evident chaos smothering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first book to top the US graphs 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 mainly biding out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in them. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a dres in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 sung Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in shatters clearly, he hadnt pictured 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 utilization of the N-word in his texts was vindicated, citing its impression in their collaboration All Day. People like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that substance, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt usage that statement. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that parole in a totally different behavior. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled appearances( part one) and a crime 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 planned 2am gig, resulting in it being offset 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 Alone One video game. The trailer boasted, as the Guardian set it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers late mother Donda West, who rides 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 is not yet in stores.

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

Then the moment wed all “re waiting for”, the moment where he generated utterly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the carol in which he said hed drawn that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recollect ). The video peculiarity a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some manner with West in bottom with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prominence, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she called 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 commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined … While Bill Cosbys violations are still being uncovered and understanding of damage for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed females, twisted like theyve been doped and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening appreciation of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( side 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 considering Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch way. Swift responded, 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 announced 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 interrupted the rules and could face a year in district penitentiary. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, 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 fightings with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season change, brain you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to intend furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I want a bunk 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 are we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding gasps? Ikea Australia answered with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup stores of all the countries, selling limited-edition product for three days only. The brand-new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of items including thrift store jackets customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, embarking his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that piloted 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. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the study, is inadequate to cause any major rows , not insisting on his suitability to pattern 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 show was worth five wizards dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( obliging it the third album he announced in a year that learnt simply one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 pattern demonstrate, which featured 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 testifies( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

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 possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two evidences, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. 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 chosen in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was only consistent with his program on gives events, 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: Offset demonstrates( 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 therefore voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The bunch 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 hymns before moving 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 exhaustion. He stayed for a few weeks 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 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 evidence of its first year, album of the year, sung of its first year, or even better urban contemporary book, though he did get a best rap album nod. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entryway before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the apportions on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best book of the year by Guardian critics.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not just any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so big youd need to open a series 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 “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 repeat the movements of Nigel Farage. The intellect for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, reinforcing teaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now set them meridian of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely makes West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two words 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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