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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 notices and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new trail, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another brand-new racetrack, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that detail, his forthcoming album was due to be called Swish( ousting the previous So Help Me God ), and was its producer 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 book open 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 heralded the brand-new book would now be called Waves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa suggested hed pinched the brand-new mention from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to identify bait without taking it, West piled in. Your first single was corny as fucking and most there after No one I know has ever listened to one of your albums all the channel through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which precipitated 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 sequences( sides 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 expressed support for the three men at the center 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 Defender Dave Schilling celebrated: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a box full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive proclamations written on them. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of abusing 37 females is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better practice to be distracted from that by announcing that your brand-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 called 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. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally 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 anthems. 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 government officials creek that maintained buffering due to expect, took on an unguarded beautiful on the big screen. Alls well that purposes 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 drew fucking bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long gossip about the psalm, and she rendered her bless. As for the album itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct scarcity of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists 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. Daytimes after secreting 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 $53 m in debt and expected Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, too. He too proclaimed he would be releasing another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End substitutes, though in all integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( role four) and album modernizes( part 1)

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with simply the one campaign of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photograph 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 manager not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five president ). 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 liberated the month before, he was busy revising it, so whenever you 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 updates( part two) and suits( part one)

Once again, soothe colonized over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly informed, remixed and remastered form of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April, though he added that hed carry on dabbling 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; love whod is a signatory to Tidal on that predict be relatively disgruntled by that development. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a litigation, alleging the promise of exclusive access to Wests latest album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the services offered to accumulate consumers personal details. No trouble the self-evident chaos smothering the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first album to top the US plots based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca assurances support

The dates were get longer and warmer, and West was predominantly standing out of the headlines. Except when other people 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 to suggest that New Slaves, from the book Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He required $2.5 m in impairments clearly, he hadnt encountered 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 usage of the N-word in his words was justified, quoting its image in their collaboration All Day. People like Oprah, whos a bit conservative about that stuff, said, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt application that term. I said, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes is speaking to an metropolitan generation that uses that message in a totally different road. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled establishes( part 1) and a abuse culture video

West started getting back into the swing 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, ensuing in it being cancelled 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 Only One video game. The trailer boasted, as the Guardian placed it at the time, an living 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. Simply One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in patronizes.

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

Then the moment wed all were ready for, the moment where he induced utterly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the chant in which he said hed made that bitch Taylor Swift far-famed, if you recollect ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of celebrities connected in some way with West in bunk with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on popularity, West supposed. Lena Dunham wasnt affected she called it one of the most disturbing artistic efforts in recent reminiscence and told me it was emblematic of assault 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 been recognized as trauma for the women he assaulted but likewise massive bruises to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of far-famed females, twisted like theyve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening appreciation of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter rows( area five be expanded 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 fucking bitch course. Swift greeted, 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 emotional response to being called 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 broken the law and could face a year in district penitentiary. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated suggests, very much, that Swift belief 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 fights with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season jive, attention you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to pattern furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I want a bunk 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 throbs? Ikea Australia reacted with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back there again, satisfy. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup shops throughout the world, selling limited-edition product for three days only. The new stores follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he said generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of components including thrift supermarket jackets customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes simply $11 m short of paying off his obligations. Jobs a good un. After that, beginning his Saint Pablo tour on a stage 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 design, is inadequate to provoke any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to intend space shuttles , not advertise 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 reported that the Saint Pablo see was worth five hotshots dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( constituting it the third album he announced in a year that visualized exclusively one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion picture, which peculiarity 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: Nullified evidences( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West stepped off stage halfway through a reveal after learning that Kim had been parted from her controls at gunpoint by a gang in Paris. He then cancelled two demoes, moving them to December( more on that eventually ). As for the raiders, they absconded 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 book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated 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 program on bestows 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 Defendant in LA

November: Nullified evidences( side 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 audience 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 rant against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three hymns before walking 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 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 word and some bad news. The good bulletin was that he got eight nominations. The bad news was that none of them were in the big categories record of its first year, album of its first year, psalm of its first year, or even best city contemporary album, though he did get a best rap book gesture. The worse information was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt defer an enter before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West sticks to his promise to boycott the honors on 12 February. If he was feeling dismissed, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth best book of the year by Guardian pundits.

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

But, hey, Grammys, bolt 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-hearted youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a reputation: 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 two movements of Nigel Farage. The ground for high-level visits, he said, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, substantiating teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now placed them crest of his political agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely signifies West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two terms of Trump. On the bright side, it makes he seems to have gone back on his menace to run in 2020.

The month in a Kanye title : So Appalled

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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