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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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album announcements and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new way, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that quality, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( replacing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer 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 act, the album open was to be combined with a demo 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 new book would now be called Motions rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the brand-new refer from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to assure bait 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 all the course through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which prompted 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( parts 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 support for the man 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 Champion Dave Schilling observed: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a container full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive statements written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 women 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 brand-new entitlement 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 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. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally discovered the book at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and seemed to get an email after one of the carols. 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 the official flow that stopped buffering due to challenge, took on an unguarded grace on the big screen. Alls well that discontinues 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 shaped that fucking bitch far-famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long dialogue about the sung, and she returned her favors. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth best book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Epoches after liberating 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 $53 m in debt and expected Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, very. He likewise announced he would be exhausting 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 updates( part one)

At last, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with merely the one crusade of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him employing 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 pate ). He also said he might never exhausted a CD again. Perhaps he was tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been released the month before, he was busy informing 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 revises( part two) and suits( part one)

Once again, tranquilize decided over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently revised, 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 dabbling with it for the foreseeable. The difficulty, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would not have been ever be on Tidal; love whod signed up to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal subscribers and allowed the services offered to collect consumers personal information. No topic the seeming chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book 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 dates were getting longer and warmer, and West was mainly biding out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in them. People 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 album Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He required $2.5 m in shatterings clearly, he hadnt seen 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 implement of the N-word in his words was justified, citing its appearing in their cooperation All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt apply that message. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that parole in a totally different room. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset displays( part 1) and a assault culture video

West started getting back into the swing of things as summertime 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 planned 2am gig, arising in it being nullified and the venue being locked down by approvals. 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 put it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers late 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. Exclusively One has been in development since 2015. It is still not in shops.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he justification utterly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the sung in which he said hed obliged that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some manner with West in bottom with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on notoriety, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remember and said it was 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understood as pain for the status of women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of far-famed girls, twisted like theyve been narcotic and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling appreciation of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( role 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 fucking bitch front. 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 emotional response to being announced that fucking 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 advocates should be involved. Because if West had entered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had transgressed the law and could face a year in county prison. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, very much, that Swift thoughts 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 fights with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season fluctuate, judgment you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to intend furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I crave a berth 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 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? Gives not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about are seeking to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes all over the world, exchanging limited-edition merchandise for three days merely. The new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in the sale of parts including thrift accumulation cases customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of be paid by his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stage 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 stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the drive, is inadequate to precipitate any significant sequences , not holding on his suitability to intend space shuttles , not announcing he are due to 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 worth five stellars dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( inducing it the third largest album he announced in a year that read exclusively one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 pattern show, which boasted real beasts dressed 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: Nullified shows( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West strolled off theatre halfway through a testify after learning that Kim had been parted from her properties at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two pictures, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was feeling feisty 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 entirely consistent with his programme on awards happenings, 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 Party in LA

November: Offset pictures( segment 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 crowd was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would pressure racists 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 sungs before marching 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 fatigue. He stayed for a week 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 report and some bad news. The good information was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories enter of its first year, album of the year, anthem of the year, or even good urban contemporary album, though he did get a better rap book nod. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling ignored, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best album of its first year by Guardian critics.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not just any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so large-scale 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 just saying, 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 conclude for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, corroborating teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now threw them pinnacle of his political 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 periods of Trump. On the bright side, it means 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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