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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 sequences( part one)

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 Hiss( 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 book propel was to be combined with a reveal for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinemas worldwide. Of course.

You would think, with all 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 brand-new album would now be called Motions rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the new refer from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to receive 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 prompted 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( portions 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 is supportive of “the mens” at the center 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 saw: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive testimonies written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 wives is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better road to divert attention from that by has declared that your brand-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 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 lastly disclosed 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 ballads. 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 maintained buffering due to challenge, took on an unguarded beauty on the big screen. Alls well that intention 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 drew that bitch famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long communication about the anthem, and she imparted her bless. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it enough to make it our fourth better album of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Daylights after releasing 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 $53 m in debt and expected Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, very. He likewise 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 integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( segment four) and album revises( part one)

At last, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with simply the one crusade of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him applying Pirate Bay. West responded by requesting 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 heading ). 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 exhausted 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 modernizes( part two) and litigations( part one)

Once again, pacify adjudicated 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 fidgeting 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; devotees whod are signatories to Tidal on that promise were relatively disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent book have all contributed to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the service to accumulate customers personal information. No subject the seeming chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book 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 get longer and warmer, and West was mainly standing out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in them. 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 book Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He craved $2.5 m in detriments clearly, he hadnt ascertained 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 large spokesmen for black people that Wests call of the N-word in his lyricals was justified, quoting its look in collaborative relationships All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that substance, responded, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt employment that parole. I replied, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that term in a quite different space. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified pictures( part 1) and a abuse 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 many thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 2am gig, developing in it being offset 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 Only One video game. The trailer boasted, as the Guardian threw it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers belatedly mother Donda West, who travels on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the cloud towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Exclusively One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in patronizes.

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

Then the moment united all “re waiting for”, the moment where he induced wholly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the song in which he said hed obliged that bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you remember ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some manner with West in bed with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West calculated. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the most 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 violations are still being uncovered and understanding of damage for the status of women he assaulted but also massive injuries to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famed dames, twisted like theyve been pharmaceutical and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening gumption of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( segment 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 telephone discussing Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch wrinkle. Swift reacted, 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 someones psychological response to being called that fucking bitch in front of the whole 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 broken the law and could face a year in district penitentiary. The point that West has remained unincarcerated suggests, very much, that Swift considered 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 change, recollection you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to blueprint furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I want a couch that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West mentioned, as he explained why students would want a dormitory room designed by him. And who are now we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with leather jogging breathes? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Tells not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup stores around the world, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days merely. The brand-new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he told generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of items including thrift store casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of be paid by his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that ran 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

I want to take you higher Kanye and his flying stage for the Saint Pablo tour. Photograph: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the undertaking, is inadequate to elicit any major sequences , not contending 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 prove was merit five idols dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( becoming it the third album he announced in a year that appreciated only one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner reveal, which peculiarity real tigers 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 hiccups, when West moved off theatre halfway through a prove after learning that Kim had been parted from her belongings at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two testifies, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was experiencing 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 chosen 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 plan on awardings episodes, which has usually consisted of publicly justifying 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: Nullified sees( proportion 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 therefore voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The gathering was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would oblige prejudiceds into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a tirade against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three ballads before strolling off stage. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly offset when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for exhaustion. He stayed for a few weeks before being discharged.

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 bulletin and some bad news. The good word 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 its first year, lyric of the year, or even excellent urban contemporary album, though he did get a best rap book gesture. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entering before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West persists to his have committed themselves to boycott the honors on 12 February. If he was feeling rejected, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth excellent book of its first year by Guardian critics.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not just any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a identify: 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 two movements of Nigel Farage. The reason for his visit, he answered, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, supporting coaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now set them crest of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely entails West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two terms of Trump. On the bright side, it makes 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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