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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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album edicts and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a new trail, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new line, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that item, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( supplanting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer 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 work, the album open was to be combined with a display 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 book would now be called Ripples rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa advocated hed pinched the brand-new epithet from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to check 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 albums 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 round table, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter sequences( constituents two and three) and the book launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tamed sometimes. So why not tweet your support for “the mens” at the center of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guard 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 explanations written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better road to divert attention from that by announcing that your 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 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. 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 appears to be get an email after one of the sungs. 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 flow that maintained buffering due to request, took on an unguarded allure on the big screen. Alls well that dissolves 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 obligated that fucking bitch famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long speech about the anthem, and she generated her blessings. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct need of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it enough to make it our fourth better book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Periods 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, too. He also announced he would be secreting another new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End modesties, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( duty four) and album updates( part one)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one campaign 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 brain not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five honcho ). He also said he might never release 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 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: Album informs( part two) and lawsuits( part one)

Once again, soothe agreed 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 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; 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 propelled a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the service to accumulate users personal information. No content the evident chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first book to top the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca assurances support

The daylights were get longer and warmer, and West was mainly standing out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. Beings such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a clothing in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 ballad Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in shatterings clearly, he hadnt interpreted 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 call of the N-word in his words was apologized, quoting its form in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little republican about that stuff, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt usage that word. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that message in a completely different method. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled reveals( part one) and a crime 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 planned 2am gig, arising in it being cancelled and the venue being locked down by powers. 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 employed it at the time, an living 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. Only One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in browses.

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Fame demon Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the video for Famous. Photograph: Tidal

Then the moment marriage all “re waiting for”, the moment where he stimulated utterly pointless offence the release of the video for Famous( the ballad in which he said hed represented that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you remember ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some way with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she announced it one of the more disturbing artistic efforts in recent memory and said it was emblematic of crime 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 misdemeanours are still being uncovered and understood as damage for the status of women he assaulted but too massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of famous females, twisted like theyve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a nauseating sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( place 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 discussing Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch thread. 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 called that 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 advocates should be involved. Because if West had recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had interrupted the law and could face a year in district prison. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated suggests, very much, that Swift imagined 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 crusades with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season shake, thought 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 require a bottom that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who the hell is we to doubt that realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather running gasps? Ikea Australia answered with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes of all the countries, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days simply. The brand-new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of items including thrift storage casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of paying off his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that winged 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. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the wreak, failing to precipitate any significant sequences , not contending on his suitability to design space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the heads of state of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo substantiate was worth five starrings dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( building it the third album he announced in a year that recognized merely one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 mode appearance, which peculiarity real beasts garmented 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 demonstrates( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West moved off theatre halfway through a prove after received information that Kim had been parted from her properties at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two appearances, moving them to December( more on that afterwards ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was detecting 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 album. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated 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 plan on awardings episodes, which is normally consisted of publicly explaining 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: Offset sees( percentage 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 gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would coerce prejudiceds 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 psalms before marching off stage. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly nullified when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for exhaustion. He stayed for a week prior to being exhausted.

The month in a Kanye title : Lost 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 was already in the big categories account of its first year, album of the year, carol of the year, or even better urban contemporary album, though he did get a excellent 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 protrudes to his promise to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good album of its first year by Guardian commentators.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had bigger fish to fry. Not simply any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a figure: 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 reason for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, subscribing teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now applied them crown of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely intends West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two periods 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

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