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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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album notices and Twitter rows( part 1)

After releasing a new way, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new trail, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that point, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( 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 act, the book open was to be combined with a show 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 album would now be called Brandishes rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the brand-new call from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to witnes bait 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 albums all the room 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 round table, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter rows( 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 support for the man at the centre of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do exactly that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Defender Dave Schilling mentioned: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a casket full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive testimonies written on them. Extol Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 wives is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better direction to be distracted from that by announced today that your new album has its third 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. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally revealed the album at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appeared to get an email after one of the psalms. 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 brook that remained buffering due to demand, took on an unguarded allure on the big screen. Alls well that purposes well, then. But hang on! 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 fucking bitch famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conference about the psalm, and she established her praises. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct need of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth excellent book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Daylights after exhausting The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiere in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and asked Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, extremely. He also announced he would be secreting another new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End reserves, though in all integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( part four) and album revises( part one)

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one war 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 head not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five chief ). He also said he might never secreted a CD again. Perhaps he was tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been liberated 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 book 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 one)

Once again, allay reconciled over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly revised, remixed and remastered form of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April, though he was indicated that hed carry on twiddling with it for the foreseeable. The problem, 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 promise are less disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a litigation, 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 compile users personal information. No affair the evident chaos smothering the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first book to surface the US graphs based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Suits( part two) and Macca assurances support

The daytimes were going longer and warmer, and West was largely staying out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in them. Parties 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 carol Gyngyhaj Lny. He required $2.5 m in mars clearly, he hadnt ascertained 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 large spokesmen for black people that Wests utilization of the N-word in his texts was vindicated, quoting its appearing in their cooperation All Day. People like Oprah, whos a little republican about that stuff, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt exploit that parole. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an urban generation that uses that parole in a totally different acces. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset testifies( part one) and a rape 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 many thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 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 made it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who rides on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the clouds towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Only One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in browses.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he justification wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the anthem in which he said hed induced that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you withdraw ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some manner with West in bed with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on prominence, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she announced it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent memory and said it was 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 felonies are still being uncovered and understood as pain for the women he assaulted but too massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed dames, twisted like theyve been dosed 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 sequences( place 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 front. Swift answered, 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 someones psychological 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 lawyers should be involved. Because if West had preserved the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had smashed the laws and regulations and could face a year in county penitentiary. The happening that West has remained unincarcerated intimates, very much, that Swift made 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 combats with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swing, sentiment you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to motif furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allowed to make this thing because you know what, I crave a couch that he makes, I require 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 realism of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding gasps? Ikea Australia greeted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back here again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about are seeking to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup stores all over the world, selling limited-edition product for three days exclusively. The new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of parts including thrift storage 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 indebtedness. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that ran 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 clouds and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the operate, failing to provoke any major sequences , not insisting 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 demonstrate was merit five suns dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( stirring it the third album he announced in a year that assured simply one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 way present, which featured real tigers 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 pictures( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West strolled off stagecoach halfway through a present after learning that Kim had been parted from her self-possessions at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two appearances, moving them to December( more on that afterwards ). As for the raiders, they fled 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 album I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not elected 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 policy on awardings incidents, 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: Nullified depicts( persona 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 prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would thrust prejudiceds into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a ranting against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three anthems before going off stagecoach. 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 before 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 report and some bad news. The good information was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them is currently in big categories record of the year, album of the year, anthem of the year, or even better urban contemporary book, though he did get a good rap album nod. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be interested to know whether West puts to his have committed themselves to boycott the awards 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 its first year by Guardian commentators.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had bigger fish to fry. Not merely any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of deep-fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a identify: 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 bullying, reinforcing schoolteachers, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now applied them pinnacle of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely intends West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two words of Trump. On the bright side, it means he seems to have gone back on his threat to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

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