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

Its tough kept 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 edicts and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a new track, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that part, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its creator said the best album 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 task, the book propel 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 all 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 Ripples rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the brand-new reputation from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to find enticement 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 the whole way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which provoked 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 rows( fractions 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 scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Defender Dave Schilling discovered: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a chest full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive statements written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better way to be distracted from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new claim 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 announced Swish. Surely that would be it for the story 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 finally revealed 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 chants. Still, the information was fun at the cinema, reckoned Ben Beaumont-Thomas: What may have seemed ramshackle in Madison Square Garden, or watching at home on the official river that prevented buffering due to require, took on an unguarded attractivenes on the big screen. Alls well that aims well, then. But hang in! 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 obliged that bitch far-famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conversation about the chant, and she leaved her supports. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our writers liked it enough to make it our fourth good album of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Eras after releasing The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the form premiere in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and requested Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn be invested in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, extremely. He also announced he would be liberating another new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End reservations, though in all honest 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, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one struggle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him using Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday party with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five heading not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five chief ). 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 revising it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced the 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 updates( part two) and litigations( part 1)

Once again, calm adjudicated 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 was indicated that hed carry on fidgeting 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; followers whod signed up to Tidal on that predict are less 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 recent book had contributed to an influx of new Tidal customers and allowed the services offered to accumulate consumers personal information. No subject the self-evident chaos bordering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first book to surface the US maps based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca assurances support

The daylights were getting longer and warmer, and West was primarily staying out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a suit in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 sung Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in shatterings clearly, he hadnt appreciated 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 give of the N-word in his words was justified, citing its impression in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that nonsense, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt utilization that statement. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that word in an entirely different direction. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled demonstrates( part one) and a assault 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 scheduled 2am gig, resulting 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 introduced it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers late mother Donda West, who razzes on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the clouds towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Merely One has been in development since 2015. It is still not in shops.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he effected utterly pointless offence the release of the video for Famous( the psalm in which he said hed prepared that fucking bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you echo ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some way with West in berth with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on reputation, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remembering and “said its” 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 felonies are still being uncovered and be understood as referring to damage for the women he assaulted but also massive traumata to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous females, twisted like theyve been doped and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening feel of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( area five are available 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 strand. 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 psychological response to being announced that fucking 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 rules and could face a year in district penitentiary. The detail that West has remained unincarcerated proposes, 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 campaigns with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season shake, intellect you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to blueprint furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I crave a couch that he makes, I crave a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who are currently we to doubt that feasibility of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding pants? Ikea Australia answered with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back here again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, exchanging limited-edition product for three days simply. The brand-new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in the sale of parts including thrift store cases customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of be paid by his indebtedness. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that flew 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 mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the effort, is inadequate to cause any major rows , not insisting on his suitability to design space shuttles , not announcing he are due to be 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 present was importance five hotshots dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( acquiring it the third album he announced in a year that realized merely one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way demo, which peculiarity 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: Nullified displays( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West strolled off stage halfway through a appearance after given to understand that Kim had been parted from her belongings at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two demonstrates, moving them to December( more on that eventually ). As for the robbers, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. 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 book I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans album. 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 wholly consistent with his plan on gives happenings, which has usually consisted of publicly interpreting 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 appearances( side 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 had voted in favour of 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 action prejudiceds into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a ranting against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three chants before moving 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 few weeks prior to being discharged.

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 word was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories register of the year, book of its first year, chant of its first year, or even good urban contemporary album, though he did get a good rap book nod. The worse word was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an entering before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be interested to know whether West puts to his promise to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling rejected, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better book of its first year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw you West had bigger fish to fry. Not precisely 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 refer: 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 high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, reinforcing schoolteachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now made them crest 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 words of Trump. On the bright side, it represents he seems to have gone back on his threat to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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