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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 bulletins and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that object, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its make said the best book 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 task, the album open was to be combined with a evidence 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 indicated hed pinched the brand-new reputation from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to see enticement without taking it, West piled in. Your first single was corny as fucking and most there after No one I know has ever listened to one of your books all the way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which caused 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 sequences( places 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 man at the centre of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do precisely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Protector Dave Schilling find: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a chest full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive announcements written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better practice to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new designation 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 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 eventually exposed the book 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 stream that stopped buffering due to requirement, took on an unguarded attractivenes on the big screen. Alls well that intent well, then. But hang on! 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 formed that fucking bitch far-famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conversation about the psalm, and she held her praises. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortfall of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth best album of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Days after secreting The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the form premiered 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 likewise announced he would be liberating another brand-new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End funds, though in all integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( division four) and album modernizes( part one)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with precisely 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 party with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five foreman not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five foreman ). 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 liberated 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: Book revises( part two) and litigations( part one)

Once again, allay determined over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly updated, 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 dabbling with it for the foreseeable. The trouble, 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 these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent book led to an influx of new Tidal subscribers and allowed the services offered to collect users personal information. No thing the evident chaos encircling the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to top the US maps based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The daylights were going longer and warmer, and West was largely biding out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. People 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 lyric Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in impairs clearly, he hadnt find 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, quoting its look in collaborative relationships All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that substance, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt usage that word. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that term in a completely different practice. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset demonstrates( part 1) and a rape 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 scheduled 2am gig, ensuing in it being cancelled and the venue being locked down by governments. 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 threw 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 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 being Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the video for Famous. Photograph: Tidal

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he induced wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the hymn in which he said hed made that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you remember ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some way with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prestige, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent storage and “says its” 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 felonies are still being uncovered and understood as trauma for the women he assaulted but likewise massive injuries to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed ladies, twisted like theyve been doped 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( 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 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 position. Swift greeted, 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 people emotional response to being announced 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 lawyers should be involved. Because if West had recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the law and could face a year in district incarcerate. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated suggests, very much, that Swift thoughts 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 battles with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season shake, 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 want a couch 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 realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding throbs? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Makes not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup browses around the world, exchanging limited-edition stock for three days exclusively. The new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of components including thrift accumulation jackets customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of be paid by his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a stage that moved 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. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the make, is inadequate to provoke any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to pattern 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 depict was worth five adepts dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( realizing it the third largest album he announced in a year that find exclusively one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 mode evidence, 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: Offset substantiates( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West sauntered off stagecoach halfway through a testify after received information that Kim had been parted from her self-possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two testifies, moving them to December( more on that afterwards ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was detecting vivacious 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 masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was entirely consistent with his policy on accolades affairs, which has usually consisted of publicly excusing 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: Offset indicates( 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 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 lyrics before strolling off stagecoach. 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 : 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 news was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them was already in the big categories account of its first year, book of its first year, psalm of its first year, or even good city contemporary book, though he did get a good rap album gesture. The worse report was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entry before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West persists to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling neglected, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good book of the year by Guardian critics.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had bigger fish to fry. Not precisely any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so large-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 repeat the two movements of Nigel Farage. The conclude for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, substantiating teachers, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now introduced them pinnacle of his policy 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 terms of Trump. On the bright side, it symbolizes he seems to have gone back on his threat to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

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