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Taylor, Trump and Twitter- a year in the living standards 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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album announcements and Twitter sequences( part one)

After releasing a brand-new way, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that phase, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( superseding the previous So Help Me God ), and was its creator 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 activity, the album open was to be combined with a evidence 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 Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa recommended hed pinched the new identify from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to view 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 all the acces 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( areas two and three) and the album 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 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 Guard 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 proclamations written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better method to be distracted from that by announcing that your brand-new album has its third brand-new entitlement in less than a month. 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 ultimately exposed the album at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and seemed to get an email after one of the hymns. 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 retained buffering due to necessitate, took on an unguarded allure 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 obligated that fucking bitch far-famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long gossip about the carol, and she opened her praises. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct paucity of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it enough to make it our fourth best album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Days after liberating The Life of Pablo which by the time it reached 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 investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, extremely. He also announced he would be exhausting another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End funds, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( character four) and album modernizes( part 1)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with merely the one campaign of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him utilizing Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five foreman not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five top ). He also said he might never release a Cd again. Perhaps “hes been” tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been released the month before, he was busy revising it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced their chances 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 litigations( part 1)

Once again, soothe set over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a recently 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 tinkering 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; 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 launched a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent album had contributed to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the service to obtain users personal information. No problem the apparent chaos bordering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to surface the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca donates support

The daylights were going longer and warmer, and West was mainly staying out of the headlines. Except when other people were putting him in them. 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 album Yeezus, took without permission from his own 1969 chant Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in damages clearly, he hadnt attended 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 usage of the N-word in his lyrics was apologized, citing its form in their cooperation All Day. People like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt employ that message. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that parole in a completely different road. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled depicts( part 1) and a crime culture video

West started getting back into the fluctuating 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 scheduled 2am gig, developing in it being cancelled and the venue being locked down by governments. 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 peculiarity, as the Guardian gave it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who travels 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 still not in shops.

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

Then the moment wed all been waiting for, the moment where he made utterly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the song in which he said hed represented that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recollect ). The video boasted a rollcall of waxworks of fames connected in some way with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on renown, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent memory and “said its” 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 misdemeanours are still being uncovered and be understood as referring to trauma for the status of women he assaulted but too massive injuries to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famed dames, twisted like theyve been narcotic and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( portion 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 sequence, 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 path. 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 someones emotional response to being called that bitch in front of the whole 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 preserved the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had transgressed the law and could face a year in county jail. The happening that West has remained unincarcerated hints, 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 crusades with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season shake, thought 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 want a berth 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 we to doubt that realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding pants? Ikea Australia responded 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 $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup shops around the world, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days exclusively. The new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift store 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 indebtedness. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that winged 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 stage for the Saint Pablo tour. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the duty, is inadequate to prompt any significant sequences , not insisting on his suitability to layout space shuttles , not announcing he should be the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo demo was worth five starrings dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West was indicated that he and Drake were making an book together( realise it the third largest album he announced in a year that accompanied exclusively one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way evidence, which featured real beasts dressed 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: Cancelled shows( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West sauntered off theatre halfway through a indicate after given to understand that Kim had been parted from her possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two sees, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that detail. He was feeling 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 book. 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 entirely consistent with his programme on awards happens, 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 Parties in LA

November: Cancelled appearances( proportion 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 bunch was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would thrust 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 carols before treading 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 tired. 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 report 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 its first year, chant of its first year, or even good urban contemporary book, though he did get a good rap book gesture. The worse report 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 remains to his have committed themselves to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling dismissed, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good book of the year by Guardian reviewers.

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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 big 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 big youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a figure: 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 repeat the movements of Nigel Farage. The rationale for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, substantiating educators, modernising curriculums and brutality in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now gave them surface of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely necessitates West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two terms 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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