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

Its tough keeping up 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 notices and Twitter rows( part one)

After releasing a new line, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new track, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that time, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( changing the previous So Help Me God ), and was its make 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 activity, the album open was to be combined with a prove 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 something better to do than having rows on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the brand-new book would now be called Curves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa showed hed pinched the brand-new name from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to investigate 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 way 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( duties 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 gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do precisely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Champion Dave Schilling saw: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a carton full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive proclamations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 females is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better style to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-new name 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 lastly divulged the book at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and appears to be get an email after one of the chants. Still, “its been” 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 requirement, took on an unguarded grace 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 obliged that fucking bitch famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long exchange about the carol, and she payed her backings. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct absence 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 a few months. But you would be wrong. Epoches after secreting The Life of Pablo which by the time it arrived at the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version 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, too. He also announced he would be releasing another new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End funds, 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 revises( part one)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with merely the one crusade of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him use Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday party with specific a minnie mouse dead-mow-five president not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five top ). 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 revising it, so whenever you 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: Album updates( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, appease terminated 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 added that hed carry on fidgeting with it for the foreseeable. The question, though, was that in February he had told the world his album would only ever be on Tidal; devotees whod are signatories to Tidal on that promise were relatively disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests recent album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to accumulate users personal information. No subject the seeming chaos encircling the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album 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 epoches were getting longer and warmer, and West was predominantly staying out of the headlines. Except when other beings were putting him in them. 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 album Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 carol Gyngyhaj Lny. He wanted $2.5 m in shatterings clearly, he hadnt considered 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 help of the N-word in his melodics was apologized, citing its figure in collaborative relationships All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that stuff, told, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt call that message. I remarked, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that parole in a quite different practice. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Offset displays( part one) and a crime culture video

West started getting back into the shaking of things as summertime 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, resulting in it being offset and the venue being locked down by powers. 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 employed it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers sometime mother Donda West, who goes on the back of a winged white horse that is galloping through the gloom towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Merely One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in shops.

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

Then the moment marriage all been waiting for, the moment where he justification wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the hymn in which he said hed acquired that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you remember ). The video boasted a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some way with West in bottom with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on notoriety, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she called it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent retention 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 felonies are still being uncovered and understood as damage for the women he assaulted but likewise massive bruises to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of far-famed maidens, twisted like theyve been dosed and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a repelling feel of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( duty 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 exploring Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that bitch text. 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 people psychological response to being called that fucking bitch in front of the whole 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 recorded the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the laws and regulations and could face a year in district penitentiary. The detail that West has remained unincarcerated hints, very much, that Swift thought 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 opposes with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season swing, recollection you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to layout furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I miss a berth that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West read, 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 jogging throbs? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, please. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup shops of all the countries, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days merely. The new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he replied generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of components including thrift accumulate casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes simply $11 m short of paying off his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach 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. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of mists and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the production, is inadequate to elicit any significant rows , not contending on his suitability to pattern space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the heads of state of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo testify was merit five virtuosoes dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( forming it the third album he announced in a year that checked merely one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner evidence, which peculiarity real tigers garmented 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 appearances( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hitches, when West ambled off stagecoach halfway through a appearance after received information that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two sees, moving them to December( more on that later ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was appearing 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 selected in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As creators, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was solely consistent with his policy on gifts occurrences, which has usually consisted of publicly clarifying 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 establishes( constituent 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 gang was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they prevailed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would action prejudiceds into the open. A few weeks later, in Sacramento, he launched into a tirade against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three songs before treading off theatre. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly cancelled 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 news 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 preserve of the year, album of the year, lyric of its first year, or even best metropolitan contemporary album, though he did get a good rap album nod. The worse word 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 checked whether West deposits to his promise to boycott the apportions on 12 February. If he was feeling neglected, 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 encountered Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Image: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, screw 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 big-hearted youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a appoint: 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 “re 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 repeat the two movements of Nigel Farage. The reasonablenes for his visit, he read, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, subscribing teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now set them crown 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 words of Trump. On the bright side, it symbolizes 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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