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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the life of Kanye West

Its tough keeping up with “the worlds” 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 sequences( part one)

After releasing a new track, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new track, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that level, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( replacing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its maker 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 pleasure, the book launch was to be combined with a substantiate 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 sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new book would now be called Wavings rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa showed hed pinched the new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to hear bait 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 elicited 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 rows( components 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 Keeper Dave Schilling mentioned: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a container full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive affirmations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 maidens is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better way to distract attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new title 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?

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 uncovered 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 hymns. 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 impeded buffering due to request, took on an unguarded elegance on the big screen. Alls well that terminates 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 realise that bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long gossip about the carol, and she generated her praises. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortage of focus. Still, the rest of our writers liked it enough 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. Periods after secreting The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiered in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and expected Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, very. He too announced he would be secreting another brand-new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End stockpiles, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( percentage four) and album informs( part one)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one crusade 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 specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five manager not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five manager ). 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 liberated the month before, he was busy updating it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced future prospects 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 lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, pacify resolved over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly informed, 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 was able to ever be on Tidal; fans whod are signatories to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest book led to an influx of brand-new Tidal subscribers and allowed the services offered to collect consumers personal information. No subject the self-evident chaos surrounding the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to surface the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca donates support

The epoches were getting longer and warmer, and West was largely biding out of the headlines. Except when other parties 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 to suggest that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 sung Gyngyhaj Lny. He craved $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt construed 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 apply of the N-word in his texts was justified, citing its appearance in their collaboration All Day. Parties like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that trash, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt exploit that parole. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that word in a completely different way. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified pictures( part one) and a crime culture video

West started getting back into the swing 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 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 Only One video game. The trailer featured, as the Guardian employed it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers late 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. Only One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in browses.

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

Then the moment marriage all been waiting for, the moment where he justification utterly useless offence the release of the video for Famous( the chant in which he said hed done that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recollect ). The video peculiarity a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some manner with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on renown, West anticipated. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she announced it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent remembering and “says its” 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 trauma for the women he assaulted but likewise massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed maidens, twisted like theyve been dosed 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( fraction 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 wrinkle. 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 someones emotional response to being announced that fucking bitch in front of the entire world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right advocates. And what did they have to say? That advocates should be involved. Because if West had registered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had smashed the rules and could face a year in district incarcerate. The information that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, very much, that Swift visualized 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 sway, attention you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to designing furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I crave 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 jogging breathes? Ikea Australia reacted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back there again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup stores around the world, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days simply. The new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of pieces including thrift storage jackets 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, embarking his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that moved 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

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 mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the study, is inadequate to cause any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to layout space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the leader 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 adepts dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( making 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 fashion display, 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: Nullified demonstrates( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West walked off theatre halfway through a present after received information that Kim had been parted from her owneds at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two presents, moving them to December( more on that eventually ). As for the raiders, 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 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 creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was exclusively consistent with his program on bestows episodes, which has usually consisted of publicly clarifying 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 sees( part 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 voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they won round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would push 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 songs before moving off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly cancelled when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for tired. 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 bulletin was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them was already in the big categories register of its first year, book of its first year, anthem of its first year, or even excellent urban contemporary album, though he did get a better rap album nod. The worse bulletin was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an introduction before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West puts to his promise to boycott the gives on 12 February. If he was feeling neglected, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best book of its first year by Guardian commentators.

When Donny met Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Image: 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 deep-fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a reputation: 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 replicate the movements of Nigel Farage. The ground for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, reinforcing teachers, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now introduced them surface of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely symbolizes 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

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