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

Its tough keeping up with “the worlds” 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 rows( part 1)

After releasing a new way, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new track, No Parties in LA, on 18 January. At that moment, his forthcoming album was due to be called Whoosh( changing 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 album launch was to be combined with a substantiate 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 better things to do than having sequences on Twitter. You would be wrong. After West announced the new book would now be called Curves rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa suggested hed pinched the new mention from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to examine 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 the whole way through I am your OG and I will be respected as such. All of which prompted 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 sequences( portions two and three) and the album 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 merely that, with the massively unambiguous: BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!! As the Guard Dave Schilling find: I have a sneaking suspicion Kanye West has a casket full of note cards, and on those note cards there are transgressive words written on them. Exclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of raping 37 ladies is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better path to distract attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third new entitle 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. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West finally exposed 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 lyrics. 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 government officials torrent that stopped buffering due to request, took on an unguarded beauty 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 represented that bitch famous. West responded to the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long discussion about the sung, and she devoted her supports. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortage of focus. Still, the rest of our novelists liked it enough to make it our fourth better book of the year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for one month. But you would be wrong. Epoches 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 $53 m in debt and requested Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investment in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your assistance, too. He too announced he would be secreting another new album in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End substitutes, though in all honest he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

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

At last-place, a breather in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with only the one struggle of tweets( with Deadmau5, who was affronted when a photo West tweeted appeared to show him exploiting Pirate Bay. West responded by inviting the EDM star to perform at his daughters birthday defendant with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five top not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five intelligence ). He also said he might never liberated 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 revising it, so when you are logged in to Tidal you faced future prospects 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 revises( part two) and lawsuits( part one)

Once again, appease resolved over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly modernized, 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 fidgeting with it for the foreseeable. The difficulty, 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 predict were relatively 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 recent album led to an influx of brand-new Tidal readers and allowed the service to collect users personal information. No stuff the evident chaos smothering the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to top the US maps based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca pledges support

The eras were going longer and warmer, and West was mainly standing out of the headlines. Except when other parties were putting him in their own homes. People such as the Hungarian rock musician Gabor Presser, who filed a dres in the US district court in Manhattan alleging that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without dispensation from his own 1969 psalm Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in shatters clearly, he hadnt investigated 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 expend of the N-word in his melodics was justified, citing its appearing in their collaboration All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a bit republican about that substance, told, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt implement that term. I read, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an metropolitan generation that uses that message in a completely different channel. Its the context. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Cancelled reveals( part one) and a assault culture video

West started getting back into the swaying 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 planned 2am gig, resulting in it being nullified 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 made it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers late 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. Simply One has been in development since 2015. It is not yet in shops.

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

Then the moment marriage all “re waiting for”, the moment where he effected wholly unnecessary offence the release of the video for Famous( the anthem in which he said hed built that fucking bitch Taylor Swift famous, if you withdraw ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of luminaries connected in some way with West in couch with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on fame, West reckoned. Lena Dunham wasnt impressed she called it one of the most disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent retention and “says its” 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 felonies are still being uncovered and understood as trauma for the status of women he assaulted but too massive traumata to our national consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, subconscious, waxy bodies of famous wives, twisted like theyve been medicine and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a nauseating gumption of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( 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 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 string. 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 called that 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 solicitors should be involved. Because if West had entered the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had burst the laws and regulations and could face a year in county jail. The knowledge that West has remained unincarcerated recommends, very much, that Swift supposed 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 waver, knowledge 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 miss a plot that he makes, I require a chair that he makes, West did, 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 gasps? Ikea Australia greeted 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 $53 m of debt by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition product for three days merely. The brand-new patronizes follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he enunciated generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sales of components including thrift accumulation casings customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes merely $11 m short of be paid by his indebtedness. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a theatre 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 theatre for the Saint Pablo tour. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of mists and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the wield, is inadequate to prompt any major sequences , not holding on his suitability to design space shuttles , not announcing he “mustve been” the leader of Ukip, or anything like that. If anything, he behaved suspiciously like a musician. The Guardian reported that the Saint Pablo demo was worth five aces dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an book together( moving it the third album he announced in a year that determined exclusively one actually contacts the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 fashion demonstrate, which peculiarity real tigers garmented 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 displays( part two) and Grammy politics( part one)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first hiccups, when West stepped off stagecoach halfway through a show after learning that Kim had been parted from her wealths at gunpoint by a mob in Paris. He then cancelled two proves, moving them to December( more on that subsequently ). As for the raiders, they absconded on bicycles. Just thought youd like to know that item. He was detecting 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 album I listen to the most this year is Frank Oceans book. Ill tell you this right now, if his album is not chosen in no categories, Im not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, weve got to come together to fight the bullshit. This was altogether consistent with his plan on awards occurrences, which is normally consisted of publicly justifying 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: Offset presents( place 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 therefore voted in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. The audience was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they triumphed round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would oblige prejudiceds into the open. A few days later, in Sacramento, he launched into a rant against Beyonc, Hillary Clinton, radio stations and Mark Zuckerberg. He managed to play three lyrics before going 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 fatigue. He stayed for a week 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 report and some bad news. The good news 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 its first year, carol of the year, or even best urban contemporary book, though he did get a excellent rap book nod. The worse news was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an introduction before the 30 September cutoff date. Well see whether West persists to his promise to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling neglected, he could at the least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth better album of the year by Guardian critics.

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When Donny converged Kanye Trump and West after their summit meeting. Photograph: Rex/ Shutterstock

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had bigger fish to fry. Not exactly any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so large-scale youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a refer: 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 replicate the two movements of Nigel Farage. The ground for his visit, he pronounced, was to discuss multicultural issues, including browbeat, subscribing educators, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now placed them crest of his policy agenda. He then signed off with a hashag: #2024. Which surely necessitates West is planning to run for the White House in 2024, after two periods 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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