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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 announcements and Twitter sequences( part 1)

After releasing a brand-new way, Facts, on New Years Eve, Kanye followed it up with another new way, 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 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 activity, the book propel was to be combined with a indicate 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 album would now be called Motions rather than Swish, Wiz Khalifa indicated hed pinched the new epithet from the Harlem rapper Max B. Never one to witnes 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 albums all the 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 “king arthurs round table”, I tell you.

The month in a Kanye title : Cant Tell Me Nothing

February: Twitter sequences( divisions 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 man at the centre of a massive sexual-assault gossip instead? On 9 February, West chose to do only 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. Proclaiming Bill Cosby is innocent of crimes 37 dames is probably just one of them. Still, theres no better room to divert attention from that by announcing that your new album has its third brand-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 called 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. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Then, on 11 February, West ultimately 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 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 the official stream that remained buffering due to challenge, took on an unguarded knockout on the big screen. Alls well that resolves well, then. But hang on! 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 became that fucking bitch famed. West participated at the Swift condemnation by saying theyd had an hour-long conversation about the psalm, and she gave her approvals. As for the book itself, our review by Alexis Petridis detected a distinct shortage of focus. Still, the rest of our scribes liked it sufficient to make it our fourth good album of its first year.

Youd think that would have been enough activity for a few months. But you would be wrong. Eras after secreting The Life of Pablo which by the time it reached the Tidal streaming service was already different to the version premiered in New York he told the world( via Twitter) that he was $53 m in debt and asked Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg for a$ 1bn investing in his ideas: Hey, Larry Page Im down for your help, more. He too announced he would be releasing another brand-new book in the summer. But he didnt. Nor did he turn out for Preston North End modesties, though in all integrity he never claimed he would do that.

The month in a Kanye title : Gold Digger

March: Twitter rows( duty four) and album informs( part 1)

At last, a respite in Westworld. It was a quiet month, with exactly the one struggle 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 specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five premier not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five front ). 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 secreted the month before, he was busy modernizing it, so whenever you 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 modernizes( part two) and lawsuits( part 1)

Once again, allay terminated over Kanye West. He began the month by announcing that a freshly modernized, 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 was able to ever be on Tidal; fans whod signed up to Tidal on that predict were relatively disgruntled by these new developments. One Justin Baker-Rhett, in fact, was so disgruntled that he propelled a suit, alleging the promise of exclusive better access to Wests latest album have all contributed to an influx of brand-new Tidal subscribers and allowed the services offered to accumulate users personal information. No topic the evident chaos smothering the album, though this was the month The Life of Pablo became the first book to top the US charts based primarily on streaming.

The month in a Kanye title : Bad News

May: Lawsuits( part two) and Macca donates support

The daytimes were get longer and warmer, and West was predominantly standing 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 to suggest that New Slaves, from the album Yeezus, took without allow from his own 1969 song Gyngyhaj Lny. He missed $2.5 m in shatters clearly, he hadnt witnessed 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 employment of the N-word in his melodics was justified, citing its figure in collaborative relationships All Day. Beings like Oprah, whos a little conservative about that stuff, articulated, You shouldnt do it, even black people shouldnt expend that text. I remarked, Yeah, but its Kanye! And hes talking about an city generation that uses that statement in a completely different style. Its different contexts. So I was actually pleased with it.

The month in a Kanye title : Facts

June: Nullified depicts( part one) and a crime 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 scheduled 2am gig, arising in it being cancelled 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 Only One video game. The trailer boasted, as the Guardian gave it at the time, an animation of the Chicago rappers belatedly mother Donda West, who razzes 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 stores.

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

Then the moment united all been waiting for, the moment where he induced utterly wasteful offence the release of the video for Famous( the ballad in which he said hed built that bitch Taylor Swift famed, if you recall ). The video featured a rollcall of waxworks of personalities connected in some manner with West in bed with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. It was a comment on fame, West anticipated. Lena Dunham wasnt amazed she called it one of the more disturbing aesthetic efforts in recent storage and said it was emblematic of assault 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 understanding of damage for the women he assaulted but likewise massive traumata to “the member states national” consciousness … Now I have to see the prone, instinctive, waxy bodies of far-famed females, twisted like theyve been pharmaceutical and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.

The month in a Kanye title : Guilt Trip

July: Twitter sequences( place 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 examining Famous, in which she appeared to approve the song though there was no reference to the that fucking bitch thread. Swift responded, 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 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 solicitors should be involved. Because if West had preserved the call in California, without Swifts consent, he had break-dance the laws and regulations and could face a year in district prison. The reality that West has remained unincarcerated indicates, very much, that Swift felt 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 engages with Swift, but theres no time off when youre Kanye West. At least he got into the silly-season change, thought you, when he told Radio 1 of his dream to intend furniture for Ikea. Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, allow him to make this thing because you know what, I miss a plot that he makes, I miss a chair that he makes, West spoke, as he explained why students would want a dorm room designed by him. And who are we to doubt that practicality of anything designed by the man who came up with skin plodding breathes? Ikea Australia responded with a mockup of a Yeezy bed, big enough to recreate the Famous video. The Famous video? Gives not go back there again, delight. Meanwhile, he set about trying to clear that $53 m of obligation by opening 21 popup patronizes around the world, selling limited-edition product for three days exclusively. The brand-new browses follow on from Wests popup in New Yorks Soho in March, which he did generated$ 2m( 1.5 m) in sale of pieces including thrift accumulate coats customised by the rapper for $400, the Guardian reported. So, 21 of those, and hes exclusively $11 m short of paying off his debts. Jobs a good un. After that, inaugurating his Saint Pablo tour on a stagecoach that moved above the audience, 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. Image: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Autumn, season of clouds and mellowed fruitfulness, and Kanye West concentrating on the project, failing to elicit any significant sequences , not contending 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 see was value five wizards dynamic and compelling, dont you are familiar with? West announced that he and Drake were making an album together( forming it the third largest album he announced in a year that visualized merely one actually reach the public ). And he put on his Yeezy Season 4 style appearance, which boasted 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: Nullified testifies( part two) and Grammy politics( part 1)

The Saint Pablo tour encountered its first glitches, when West ambled off stage halfway through a display after received information that Kim had been parted from her belongings 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 detail. He was experiencing 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 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 altogether consistent with his program on gifts happenings, which is normally consisted of publicly excusing 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 sees( percentage 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 mob was unimpressed. Nor, apparently, were they won round by his explanation that a Trump presidency would force racists 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 psalms before ambling off stagecoach. And that was that for the Saint Pablo tour, which was rapidly nullified when West was admitted to hospital to be treated for fatigue. He stayed for a week 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 word 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 enter of its first year, album of the year, hymn of the year, or even good urban contemporary book, though he did get a excellent rap book nod. The worse report was that Frank Ocean didnt get any nominations, though that was because he didnt submit an entry before the 30 September cutoff date. Well be checked whether West remains to his promise to boycott the accolades on 12 February. If he was feeling discounted, he could at least take comfort in The Life of Pablo being voted the fourth good album of the year by Guardian commentators.

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

But, hey, Grammys, clamped you West had bigger fish to fry. Not precisely any big fish, but the biggest fish of all. The whale shark of fried fish. A fish so big-hearted youd need to open a chain of chippies to fry it. And that fish had a identify: 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 “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 intellect for his visit, he articulated, was to discuss multicultural issues, including bullying, substantiating teachers, modernising curriculums and violence in Chicago. Were sure Trump has now threw them crest 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 expressions 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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