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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 proclamations and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a new way, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new line, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that point, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( ousting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its make 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 act, the album launch was to be combined with a see for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinemas 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 brand-new book would now be called Movements rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the new epithet from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to learn 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 books all the channel through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which caused 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( sides 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 exactly that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Protector Dave Schilling saw: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a chest full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive accounts written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better room to divert attention from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third 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 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. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West lastly divulged 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 anthems. 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 maintained buffering due to ask, took on an unguarded elegance on the big screen. Alls well that dissolves well, then. But hang on! 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 far-famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long dialogue about the anthem, and she committed her approvals. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortfall of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth best album of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Days after secreting The Life of Pablo which by the time it reached the Tidal streaming service was already different to the form premiered in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and requested Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, extremely. He too announced he would be releasing another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End stockpiles, though in all franknes he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

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

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one struggle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him exploiting Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five leader 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 exhausted the month before, he was busy modernizing 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 informs( part two) and lawsuits( part one)

Once again, appease resolved over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly modernized, 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 difficulty, 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 promise are less disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent book led to an influx of new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to accumulate useds personal information. No concern the self-evident chaos circumventing the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to top the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca assurances support

The daytimes were going longer and warmer, and West was primarily biding out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in their own homes. Parties 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 book Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 ballad Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in impairments clearly, he hadnt discovered 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 employment of the N-word in his melodics was apologized, quoting its form in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that stuff, replied, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt usage that statement. I remarked, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that word in a completely different way. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

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

West started getting back into the fluctuating of things as summertime 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 dominions. 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 peculiarity, as the Guardian set 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 cloud towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Exclusively One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in patronizes.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he stimulated utterly pointless offence the release of the video for Famous( the lyric in which he said hed cleared that bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you echo ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some manner with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prestige, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent reminiscence and said it was emblematic of assault 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 women he assaulted but likewise massive injuries to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed wives, twisted like theyve been doped 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 rows( part 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 bitch course. Swift reacted, 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 psychological 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 lawyers should be involved. Because if West had preserved the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had smashed the rules and could face a year in district jail. The detail that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, very much, that Swift felt 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 fights with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season change, brain you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to design furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I miss a bunk that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West answered, 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 plodding throbs? Ikea Australia greeted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup browses of all the countries, selling limited-edition stock for three days simply. The brand-new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he spoke generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift supermarket jackets 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, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that piloted 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 stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the occupation, is inadequate to provoke any major rows , not insisting 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 evidence was merit five aces dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( drawing it the third largest album he announced in a year that accompanied simply one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way depict, which boasted real beasts garmented 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: Offset appearances( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West moved off stage halfway through a depict after received information that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two demoes, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was appearing spunky 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 elected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was entirely consistent with his program on gifts affairs, which is normally 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 Parties in LA

November: Nullified evidences( 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 prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would thrust 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 lyrics before stepping 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 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 bulletin and some bad news. The good information was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them was already in the big categories enter of the year, book of the year, carol of its first year, or even best city contemporary book, though he did get a excellent rap book nod. The worse news 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 persists to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling neglected, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better album of the year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had bigger fish to fry. Not simply 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 series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a identify: 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 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 browbeat, subscribing educators, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now placed them top of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely means 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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