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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 jam-packed 12 months of megalomania

January: Album announcements and Twitter sequences( part one)

After releasing a new racetrack, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that detail, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( supplanting 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 book propel was to be combined with a testify 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 better things to do than having sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West foretold the new book would now be called Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa recommended hed pinched the brand-new reputation from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to assure enticement 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 behavior 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 rows( components two and three) and the book launch

Well, having a pop at a fellow rapper can get to feel tamed sometimes. So why not tweet your support for the three men at the center of a massive sexual-assault scandal instead? On 9 February, West chose to do merely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guard Dave Schilling discovered: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a container full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive words written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 maidens is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better path to be distracted from that by announced today that your brand-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 announced Swish. Surely that would be it for the saga 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 discovered the book at Madison Square Garden: he played it on his laptop from the stage, and are reported 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 creek that stopped buffering due to requirement, took on an unguarded glamour on the big screen. Alls well that points 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 moved fucking bitch famed. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long dialogue about the carol, and she made her bless. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortfall of focus. Still, the rest of our columnists liked it sufficient to make it our fourth best album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Daylights after exhausting 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 be invested in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, too. He also proclaimed he would be exhausting another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End reservations, though in all franknes he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter sequences( character four) and album informs( part one)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one crusade of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph West tweeted appeared to show him applying Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five premier not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five chief ). 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 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 informs( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, calm adjudicated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a newly modernized, remixed and remastered form 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 question, though, was that in February he had told the world his album was able to ever be on Tidal; devotees whod is a signatory to Tidal on that predict were rather disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he launched a lawsuit, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album led to an influx of new Tidal readers and allowed the service to accumulate useds personal information. No concern the obvious chaos smothering the book, though this was the month The Life of Pablo grew the first album to top the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Litigations( part two) and Macca donates support

The days were get longer and warmer, and West was primarily abiding out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. Beings 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 allow from his own 1969 lyric Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in injuries 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 great spokesmen for black people that Wests usage of the N-word in his words was vindicated, quoting its image in their collaboration All Day. Parties like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that trash, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt help that parole. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes is speaking to an urban generation that uses that message in a completely different lane. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified indicates( part 1) and a crime 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 numerous thousands tried to get into the hastily scheduled 2am gig, developing 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 employed 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 clouds towards heaven. Just like Call of Duty. Only One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in patronizes.

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

Then the moment marriage all were ready for, the moment where he generated utterly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the chant in which he said hed represented fucking bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you echo ). The video boasted a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some manner with West in berth with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on reputation, West guessed. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she announced it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent remembrance and told me it was emblematic of crime 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 crimes are still being uncovered and understood as damage for the status of women he assaulted but also massive bruises to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famed women, twisted like theyve been pharmaceutical 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( division 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 discussing Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the fucking bitch string. Swift reacted, 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 people emotional response to being announced that 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 interrupted the law and could face a year in county penitentiary. The fact that West has remained unincarcerated shows, very much, that Swift imagined 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 campaigns with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season change, intellect 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 require a bed 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 “whos” we to doubt that feasibility of anything designed by the man who came up with leather plodding breathes? Ikea Australia reacted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Lets not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about was seeking to clear that $53 m of indebtednes by opening 21 popup shops around the world, selling limited-edition merchandise for three days exclusively. The new shops follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of components including thrift store cases customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of paying off his obligations. 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 stagecoach for the Saint Pablo tour. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the run, is inadequate to provoke any significant sequences , not holding on his suitability to blueprint space shuttles , not declaring he is appropriate to provide for the heads of state of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian had pointed out that the Saint Pablo present was worth five starrings dynamic and compelling, dont you know? West informed the committee that he and Drake were making an book together( drawing it the third album he announced in a year that learnt exclusively one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 manner present, which featured real beasts 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: Offset demoes( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West strolled off stage halfway through a prove after learning that Kim had been parted from her properties at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two presents, moving them to December( more on that subsequently ). As for the robbers, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was feeling vivacious 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 masters, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was entirely consistent with his programme on awards events, which has usually consisted of publicly explaining 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: Nullified indicates( character 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 won round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would push 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 sungs before going off stagecoach. 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 week 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 news 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 the year, book of its first year, sung of its first year, or even best urban contemporary album, though he did get a best rap book 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 interested to know whether West deposits to his have committed themselves to boycott the bestows 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 the year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, screw 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 large-scale youd need to open a series of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a mention: 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 reason for his visit, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, reinforcing teaches, modernising curriculums and savagery in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now employed them pinnacle of his policy 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 signifies 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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