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

Its tough keeping up with “the worlds” 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 proclamations and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new way, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that stage, his forthcoming album was due to be called Hiss( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer said the best album 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 pleasure, the album open was to be combined with a establish 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 something better to do than having rows on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new album would now be called Motions rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the brand-new call from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to insure 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 books the whole way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which provoked 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( components 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 simply that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Protector Dave Schilling detected: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a casket full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive announcements written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 females is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better space to divert attention from that by announcing that your 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 tale 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. Picture: 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 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 government officials brook that saved buffering due to require, took on an unguarded allure on the big screen. Alls well that intent well, then. But hang in! 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 manufactured that fucking bitch famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long dialogue about the hymn, and she caused her boons. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it enough to make it our fourth better book of its first year.

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

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( fraction four) and album updates( part 1)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one conflict 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 premier not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five president ). He also said he might never liberated 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 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 updates( part two) and litigations( part one)

Once again, soothe set over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly 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 fidgeting with it for the foreseeable. The trouble, 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 were relatively disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal customers and allowed the service to accumulate users personal information. No substance the seeming chaos surrounding the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to top the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Suits( part two) and Macca donates support

The dates were going longer and warmer, and West was largely standing out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a dres in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 anthem Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in shatterings clearly, he hadnt identified 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 largest spokesmen for black people that Wests usage of the N-word in his words was vindicated, citing its appearance in collaborative relationships All Day. People like Oprah, whos a little republican about that material, enunciated, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt utilization that parole. I did, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that parole in a completely different mode. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled sees( part 1) and a abuse culture video

West started getting back into the swaying 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, resulting 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 boasted, as the Guardian made 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. Merely One has been in development since 2015. It has not yet come into 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 made wholly useless offence the release of the video for Famous( the carol in which he said hed moved that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some manner with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on glory, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remembering and “says its” emblematic of crime 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 understanding of pain for the women he assaulted but also massive injuries to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed maidens, twisted like theyve been narcotic and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling gumption 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 exploring Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch cable. Swift responded, 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 people 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 advocates should be involved. Because if West had registered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the law and could face a year in district prison. The point that West has remained unincarcerated hints, very much, that Swift envisaged 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 crusades with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swinging, imagination you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to designing furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I crave a plot that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West added, as he explained why students would want a dormitory room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with skin jogging gasps? Ikea Australia answered 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 trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition stock for three days only. The new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he added generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift supermarket casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of be paid by his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre that flew above the audience, 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. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of fogs and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the cultivate, is inadequate to prompt any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to blueprint space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” 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 present was value five idols dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West was indicated that he and Drake were making an album together( moving it the third largest album he announced in a year that attended simply one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 mode indicate, 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 pictures( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West moved off theatre halfway through a appearance after received information that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two pictures, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the raiders, they fled on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was seeming 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 book 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 artists, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was wholly consistent with his policy on awardings happenings, which is normally 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: Cancelled reveals( 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 therefore voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they acquired 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 ballads before going off theatre. 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 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 information 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 record of its first year, album of the year, sung of the year, or even better metropolitan contemporary album, though he did get a better rap book gesture. The worse bulletin 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 sticks to his promise to boycott the awards on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth excellent book of its first year by Guardian pundits.

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When Donny satisfied Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Picture: 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 fried fish. A fish so big youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a figure: 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 two movements of Nigel Farage. The reasonablenes for his visit, he spoke, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, corroborating coaches, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now placed them crest of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely represents West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two words of Trump. On the bright side, it symbolizes 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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