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

Its tough keep pace with the nations of 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 announcements and Twitter sequences( part one)

After releasing a brand-new track, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new way, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that place, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( supplanting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its maker 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 propel was to be combined with a display for his Yeezy range for Adidas. Oh, and it would be shown in cinema 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 advertise the new book would now be called Ripples rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa intimated hed pinched the new name from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to visualize bait without taking it, West piled in. Your first single was corny as fuck and most there after No one I know has ever like to hear one of your albums 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 three round tables, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter sequences( proportions 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 expressed support for the three men at the center 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 Guardians Dave Schilling observed: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive evidences written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better behavior to distract attention from that by announced today that your new album has its third brand-new designation 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 epic 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 ultimately divulged 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 river that impeded buffering due to demand, took on an unguarded knockout on the big screen. Alls well that intention 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 bitch famed. West took part in the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long communication about the lyric, and she sacrificed her backings. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortfall of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists 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. Daylights after secreting 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 be invested in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, extremely. He also declared he would be exhausting another brand-new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End substitutes, though in all honesty he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

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

At last-place, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one conflict of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him expending Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five chief not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five honcho ). He also said he might never secreted a CD again. Perhaps “hes been” tied up at work, because despite The Life of Pablo having been secreted the month before, he was busy updating 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 modernizes( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, calm set over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly updated, remixed and remastered version of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April, though he was also indicated that hed carry on fidgeting 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; devotees whod is a signatory to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests recent album had contributed to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to collect customers personal information. No matter the obvious chaos surrounding the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to top the US graphs based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca pledges support

The daylights were getting longer and warmer, and West was mainly abiding 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 suit in the US district court in Manhattan to suggest that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in shatters clearly, he hadnt ensure 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 utilize of the N-word in his lyrics was justified, citing its appearance in their collaboration All Day. People like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that material, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt use that term. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes is speaking to an urban generation that uses that statement in a completely different channel. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled displays( part 1) 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 planned 2am gig, developing in it being offset and the venue being locked down by sovereignties. 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 threw it at the time, an living of the Chicago rappers late mother Donda West, who goes 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 stores.

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

Then the moment marriage all been waiting for, the moment where he effected wholly superfluous offence the release of the video for Famous( the ballad in which he said hed become that bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you recollect ). The video peculiarity a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some way with West in plot with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on fame, West anticipated. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent retention and told me it was emblematic of abuse 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 been recognized as traumas for the status of women he assaulted but too massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famed females, twisted like theyve been medicine 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( side 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 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 cable. Swift reacted, 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 announced 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 recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had interrupted the law and could face a year in county incarcerate. The happening that West has remained unincarcerated advocates, very much, that Swift supposed 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 engages with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swinging, thinker you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to layout furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, be allowed to make this thing because you know what, I require a berth that he makes, I require 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 feasibility of anything designed by the man who came up with leather jogging breathes? Ikea Australia reacted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Makes not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes throughout the world, exchanging limited-edition stock for three days exclusively. The new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of pieces including thrift accumulate casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes only $11 m short of to pay his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stage that moved 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. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of mists and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the run, is inadequate to provoke any major sequences , not contending on his suitability to design space shuttles , not naming he is appropriate to provide for the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he reacted suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian had pointed out that the Saint Pablo demo was merit five virtuosoes dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar? West informed the committee that he and Drake were making an album together( clearing it the third largest album he announced in a year that understood simply one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion see, which peculiarity real tigers 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: Offset demoes( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West went off theatre halfway through a indicate after given to understand that Kim had been parted from her owneds at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two demonstrates, moving them to December( more on that afterward ). As for the robbers, they fled 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 book I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans album. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was entirely consistent with his programme on apportions episodes, 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 Party in LA

November: Cancelled proves( component 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 voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The audience was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would force 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 ballads before strolling off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly offset when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for exhaustion. He stayed for a few weeks 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 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, book of its first year, hymn of the year, or even best metropolitan contemporary book, though he did get a best rap book gesture. The worse report was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an introduction 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 rejected, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best album of its first year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt you West had big fish to fry. Not simply any big fish, but the most difficult fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so large-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a epithet: 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 repeat the two movements of Nigel Farage. The intellect for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bully, subsidizing teaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now applied them pinnacle of his political 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 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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