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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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album bulletins and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new track, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that moment, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its maker 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 activity, the book launch was to be combined with a present 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 sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the brand-new album would now be called Ripples rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the brand-new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to examine 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 all the way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which elicited 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( personas 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 simply that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardians Dave Schilling celebrated: 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 abusing 37 females is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better road to distract attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new deed in less than a month. Now it was to be called The Life of Pablo. Half the tracklist had changed from when it was called 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. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West lastly disclosed the book at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appeared to get an email after one of the psalms. 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 river that stopped buffering due to demand, took on an unguarded elegance on the big screen. Alls well that objective 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 obligated that fucking bitch far-famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long exchange about the sung, and she established her blessings. As for the book 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 excellent book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Eras after liberating 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 $53 m in debt and asked Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, very. He also announced he would be secreting another brand-new book 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 sequences( component four) and album modernizes( part 1)

At last, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one battle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him utilizing 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 manager ). He also said he might never secreted 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 informing it, so whenever you logged in to Tidal you faced the prospect 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 lawsuits( part one)

Once again, tranquilize settled 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 problem, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; followers whod signed up to Tidal on that promise were rather disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album have all contributed to an influx of new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to compile users personal information. No substance the self-evident chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first album to top the US maps based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca donates support

The eras were get longer and warmer, and West was primarily biding out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in them. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a clothing in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 hymn Gyngyhaj Lny. He required $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt viewed 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 exploit of the N-word in his lyrics was justified, citing its appearance in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that nonsense, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt employment that statement. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that text in a completely different channel. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled demoes( part one) and a assault 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, resulting in it being offset and the venue being locked down by experts. 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 peculiarity, as the Guardian introduced 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. Simply One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in patronizes.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he justification wholly useless offence the release of the video for Famous( the hymn in which he said hed represented that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you remember ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of personalities connected in some way with West in bed with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she announced it one of the more disturbing artistic efforts in recent storage 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 understood as traumas for the status of women he assaulted but too massive traumata to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famed maidens, 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( constituent 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 debating Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch way. 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 emotional response to being announced that fucking bitch in front of the whole world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right lawyers. 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 separated the rules and could face a year in county incarcerate. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated hints, very much, that Swift concluded 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, judgment you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to blueprint 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 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 gasps? Ikea Australia reacted 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 $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup browses of all the countries, selling limited-edition product for three days simply. The brand-new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of parts including thrift storage casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes simply $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stage 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 theatre for the Saint Pablo tour. Photograph: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the act, failing to provoke any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to designing 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 prove was merit five wizards dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( realizing it the third album he announced in a year that envisioned merely one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion prove, which peculiarity real beasts dressed in galoshes made from the highly treated surface of lions.( It didnt; but you believed it, didnt you ?)

The month in a Kanye title: Highlights

October: Cancelled indicates( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West strolled off stagecoach halfway through a demonstrate after received information that Kim had been parted from her belongings at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two establishes, moving them to December( more on that afterwards ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was appearing 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 album I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not selected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was altogether consistent with his plan on bestows happenings, which has usually consisted of publicly illustrating 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: Cancelled displays( role 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 prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would force racists 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 chants before going 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 fatigue. He stayed for a week before being exhausted.

The month in a Kanye title : Forgotten in the World

December: Grammy politics( part two) and Trump time( part two)

The Grammy nominations were announced, and West had some good word 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 the year, book of the year, ballad of its first year, or even excellent metropolitan 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 submit an entry before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West protrudes to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling ignored, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth excellent album of the year by Guardian critics.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had bigger fish to fry. Not merely 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 series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a epithet: 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 replicate the two movements of Nigel Farage. The intellect for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, subsidizing teaches, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now put them surface 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 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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