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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the living standards 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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album notices and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a brand-new trail, 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 Whoosh( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its creator 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 book launching was to be combined with a indicate for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinemas 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 brand-new book would now be called Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa showed hed pinched the brand-new name from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to assure enticement 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 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( characters 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 center of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do merely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Trustee Dave Schilling observed: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a carton full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive explanations written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better mode to divert attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new entitlement 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 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. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally 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 carols. 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 brook that prevented buffering due to ask, took on an unguarded elegance on the big screen. Alls well that points well, then. But hang in! 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 constructed that bitch famous. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long discussion about the chant, and she dedicated her blessings. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct absence of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth good book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Daytimes after releasing The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the form premiere 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, more. 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 funds, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( character four) and album revises( part 1)

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 photograph 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 psyche not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five honcho ). 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 exhausted the month before, he was busy updating it, so when you are 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 suits( part one)

Once again, calm adjudicated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently 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; love whod signed up to Tidal on that promise are less disgruntled by these new developments. 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 new Tidal readers and allowed the service to obtain users personal information. No problem the evident chaos smothering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book 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 epoches were getting longer and warmer, and West was predominantly abiding out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a suit in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 carol Gyngyhaj Lny. He craved $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt heard 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 largest spokesmen for black people that Wests call of the N-word in his melodics was justified, citing its appearance in collaborative relationships All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that trash, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt utilization that parole. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that term in a completely different space. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified demonstrates( part 1) and a crime culture video

West started getting back into the swaying 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 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 Alone One video game. The trailer featured, as the Guardian placed it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who rides on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the clouds towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Simply 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. Photograph: Tidal

Then the moment marriage all been waiting for, the moment where he caused wholly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the ballad in which he said hed attained that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you echo ). 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 popularity, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she called it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent recall and “says its” emblematic of abuse 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understanding of trauma for the status of women he assaulted but also massive injuries to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famous ladies, twisted like theyve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( 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 exploring Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch boundary. Swift greeted, 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 fucking bitch in front of the entire world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right lawyers. And what did they have to say? That solicitors should be involved. Because if West had entered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had separated the law and could face a year in county penitentiary. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated proposes, very much, that Swift reckoned 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 pushes with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swing, memory you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to designing furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I miss a bunk that he makes, I want a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather running breathes? Ikea Australia greeted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Makes not go back there again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup patronizes of all the countries, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days merely. The new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of components including thrift supermarket casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes simply $11 m short of be paid by his indebtedness. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that ran 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 mists and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the make, failing to elicit any major sequences , not insisting on his suitability to blueprint space shuttles , not announcing he should be the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he reacted suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo substantiate was worth five wizards dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( representing it the third album he announced in a year that heard simply one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way display, 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: Offset sees( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West stepped off stagecoach halfway through a see after learning that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two establishes, moving them to December( more on that eventually ). As for the robbers, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was appearing 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 album I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not elected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was wholly consistent with his policy on awards occurrences, which is normally 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 Party in LA

November: Cancelled demonstrates( segment 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 audience was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would force prejudiceds into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a ranting against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three carols before marching off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly nullified when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for fatigue. 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 news 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 its first year, sung of its first year, or even best urban contemporary album, though he did get a good rap book nod. The worse word 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 puts to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth excellent book of the year by Guardian critics.

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When Donny matched Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Image: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had bigger fish to fry. Not simply any big fish, but the most difficult 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 refer: 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 coaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now made 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 represents 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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