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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 packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album notices and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new track, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that part, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its creator said the best book 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 launching was to be combined with a reveal 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 Movements rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the new name from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to check 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 lane 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 sequences( segments 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 three men at the centre of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardians Dave Schilling find: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive words written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 wives is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better room to distract attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third new designation 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 saga 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 eventually discovered 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 songs. Still, “its been” fun at the cinema, reckoned Ben Beaumont-Thomas: What may have seemed ramshackle in Madison Square Garden, or watching at home on government officials stream that saved buffering due to ask, took on an unguarded grace on the big screen. Alls well that ceases well, then. But hang on! 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 represented that fucking bitch famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long communication about the ballad, and she held her backings. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortfall of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists 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. Eras after exhausting The Life of Pablo which by the time it reached the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiere in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and questioned Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, too. He also announced he would be exhausting another 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 sequences( place four) and album modernizes( part one)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with merely the one war of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him use Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five front not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five front ). 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 revising it, so when you are 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: Book modernizes( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, calm reconciled over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly 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 twiddling with it for the foreseeable. The trouble, though, was that in February he had told the world his album was able to ever be on Tidal; love whod are signatories to Tidal on that predict are less disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal customers and allowed the services offered to collect consumers personal information. No subject the apparent chaos bordering the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first album to surface the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The epoches were get longer and warmer, and West was mainly standing out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in them. Beings such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a suit in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in mars clearly, he hadnt watched 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 texts was vindicated, quoting its illusion in collaborative relationships All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that material, added, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt give that statement. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that parole in a completely different path. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified displays( part 1) and a rape 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 scheduled 2am gig, resulting in it being cancelled 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 put it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers late mother Donda West, who goes on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the gloom towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Merely 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 united all been waiting for, the moment where he caused wholly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the lyric in which he said hed attained that bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you remember ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some way with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prestige, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent recollection and “says its” emblematic of rape 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 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, subconscious, waxy bodies of famous maidens, twisted like theyve been doped 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 rows( proportion 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 telephone discussing Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that bitch position. 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 called that fucking bitch in front of the whole world. Who should we call to resolve this one? Thats right solicitors. And what did they have to say? That solicitors should be involved. Because if West had recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had smashed the rules and could face a year in district prison. The fact that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, 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 crusades with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season shake, knowledge you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to design furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I miss a couch that he makes, I crave a chair that he makes, West alleged, 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 plodding breathes? Ikea Australia greeted 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 $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup shops around the world, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days only. The new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he spoke generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of items including thrift supermarket 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 obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that hovered 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. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the project, is inadequate to precipitate any significant sequences , not contending on his suitability to pattern 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 demonstrate was importance five stars dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( preparing it the third largest album he announced in a year that recognized only one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner prove, which peculiarity real tigers garmented in galoshes made from the highly treated scalp of lions.( It didnt; but you believed it, didnt you ?)

The month in a Kanye title: Highlights

October: Offset depicts( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West walked off stage halfway through a appearance after received information that Kim had been parted from her possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two presents, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was feeling 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 album. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not selected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was entirely consistent with his plan on awardings contests, 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 Parties in LA

November: Cancelled demoes( percentage 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 army was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would pressure prejudiceds into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a tirade against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three anthems 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 exhaustion. He stayed for a few weeks before 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 report 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 the year, book of its first year, carol of its first year, or even better urban contemporary book, though he did get a better rap album gesture. The worse report was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entryway before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the bestows on 12 February. If he was feeling dismissed, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best book of the year by Guardian critics.

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When Donny converged Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Photograph: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not only any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a name: 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 intellect for high-level visits, he announced, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, substantiating coaches, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now set them pinnacle of his political 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 terms of Trump. On the bright side, it necessitates 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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