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

Its tough keeping up with countries around 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 line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new line, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that extent, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its manufacturer 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 task, the album opening was to be combined with a demonstrate 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 new book would now be called Ripples rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa proposed hed pinched the brand-new refer from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to encounter 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 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( segments two and three) and the book launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tame sometimes. So why not tweet your support for “the mens” at the centre of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do precisely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guardians Dave Schilling discovered: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a container full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive proclamations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 girls is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better channel to be distracted from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new title 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 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 book at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appeared to get an email after one of the songs. 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 brook that hindered buffering due to requirement, took on an unguarded beautiful on the big screen. Alls well that points 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 constituted that bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long exchange about the sung, and she caused her favors. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct lack of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it sufficient to make it our fourth better album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Eras 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 help, very. He likewise announced he would be releasing 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( constituent four) and album informs( part one)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with simply the one struggle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him applying Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday party with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five thought not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five intelligence ). He also said he might never liberated 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 whenever you logged in to Tidal you faced the prospect 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: Album modernizes( part two) and suits( part one)

Once again, mollify set over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly informed, remixed and remastered form 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 question, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; devotees whod is a signatory to Tidal on that promise were rather disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent album led to an influx of new Tidal customers and allowed the services offered to accumulate useds personal information. No problem the obvious chaos surrounding the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first album to surface the US graphs based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca assurances support

The periods were get longer and warmer, and West was mainly remaining out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in their own homes. 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 permission from his own 1969 chant Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in shatters clearly, he hadnt visualized 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 employ of the N-word in his texts was apologized, quoting its form in their collaboration All Day. Parties like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that nonsense, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt use that message. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that message in a completely different route. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified testifies( part 1) and a abuse culture video

West started getting back into the swaying 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 planned 2am gig, ensuing in it being nullified and the venue being locked down by permissions. Well, he was always going to bounce back from that, which he did by unveiling the trailer to his Alone One video game. The trailer boasted, as the Guardian employed it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who rides on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the cloud towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Simply One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in browses.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he made wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the psalm in which he said hed shaped that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you remember ). The video peculiarity a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some way with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent storage and said it was emblematic of rape 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understood as pain for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed females, twisted like theyve been drugged 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( division 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 bitch way. Swift responded, 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 people psychological response to being called that 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 solicitors should be involved. Because if West had entered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had broken the law and could face a year in county incarcerate. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated hints, very much, that Swift made 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 fightings with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season move, intellect you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to motif furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I crave a bunk that he makes, I miss a chair that he makes, West said, as he explained why students would want a dormitory room designed by him. And who are currently we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with leather jogging breathes? 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 are seeking to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition product for three days exclusively. The brand-new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in the sale of parts including thrift accumulation jackets customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes only $11 m short of paying off his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach 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. Photograph: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the wield, failing to elicit any significant sequences , not contending on his suitability to design space shuttles , not announcing he are due to be the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo prove was merit five whizs dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( realizing it the third largest album he announced in a year that heard only one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 mode present, which boasted 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: Nullified indicates( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West marched off theatre halfway through a prove after learning that Kim had been parted from her properties at gunpoint by a mob 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 book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not selected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was altogether consistent with his programme on gives occasions, 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 Parties in LA

November: Offset displays( 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 had voted in favour of the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The army was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would force racists 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 songs before ambling 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 word and some bad news. The good bulletin was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories register of its first year, book of the year, anthem of its first year, or even excellent city contemporary album, though he did get a excellent rap album gesture. The worse bulletin was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an entry before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West protrudes to his promise 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 its first year by Guardian commentators.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had bigger fish to fry. Not only any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a chain 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 replicate the movements of Nigel Farage. The conclude for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, substantiating educators, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now put 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 periods of Trump. On the bright side, it entails 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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