Table of contents:
- Kanye and Taylor Swift
- Kanye and conceit
- Kanye and a touch of racism
- Kanye and the White House
- Kanye and the mental hospital
- Kanye and Gosha Rubchinsky
- Kanye and Ikea
Today, the loudest and one of the most talented musicians of the Kanye West era is celebrating 40 years. Bazaar.ru decided to congratulate the rapper, remembering his strangest antics and statements. Turn on the Fade track and start reading.
Kanye and Taylor Swift
September 13, 2009 was supposed to be one of the most enjoyable in Taylor Swift's career: the then aspiring country singer was awarded the first MTV Video Music Awards statuette for the video for the song You Belong With Me. The radiant Swift took to the stage with a speech of gratitude - and then higher musical forces intervened. In the face of Kanye West. The musician rudely interrupted Swift, intercepted the microphone and said that it would be fairer to give the award to Beyoncé for "best video of all time" on the track Single Ladies. The expression on Beyoncé's face at that moment is simply priceless - a mixture of joy, awkwardness and, as it were, condemnation (in fact, not). A couple of years later, the passions seemed to have subsided, West even received an award from Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (what happened next, we will discuss later). But in 2016, the musicians fell out again - thanks to West's scandalous track Famous.“I think Taylor and I could sleep / I made this bitch famous / God, I made this bitch famous,” Kanye sings, and a wax copy of a naked Swift flashes in the frame. West claims to have told the poor fellow about the lyrics long before the track was released, but Swift denies this. “I wanted us to be friends. He promised to show the song, but he never did it,”the singer lamented. Time will tell whether we can wait for the continuation of the soap-opera story about Kanye and Taylor.Time will tell whether we can wait for the continuation of the soap-opera story about Kanye and Taylor.Time will tell whether we can wait for the continuation of the soap-opera story about Kanye and Taylor.
Kanye and conceit
Kanye's ambitiousness cannot be denied and you cannot blame low self-esteem. The staff on Saturday Night Live are ready to confirm this. Last February, Kanye released a new album, The Life of Pablo, and came on a hit TV show to promote it. Everything seemed to go well, but soon a scandalous audio recording was leaked to the network in which Kanye argues with the organizers of Saturday Night Live and claims that he is more influential than Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Pablo Escobar and the Apostle Paul himself. And all because of the fact that the hapless producers at the last moment cut his airtime.
Kanye and a touch of racism
These scandals "timed" to the release of The Life of Pablo are not limited to. On February 15, 2016, Kanye issued a series of tweets urging "white publications not to comment on black music.
Kanye and the White House
Fast forward to 2015 for the MTV Video Music Awards. This evening became memorable not because, ironically and the organizers of the show, Taylor presented the award to West, but thanks to another shocking statement from West: he promised to take part in the 2020 presidential election. Foreseeing the surprise of the guests of the ceremony, West added chastely: “Are you wondering if I smoked anything before going on stage? Yes, I twisted something. Kanye did not specify which party he was going to run from and what prompted him to make near-political statements. It's funny that Kim Kardashian by that time was in the campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton, and West himself later repeatedly spoke out in support of Donald Trump - after all, only he could turn America upside down. Which seems to have been done.In December 2016, the story of the presidency received an unexpected continuation: after meeting with Trump to discuss "issues of cultural diversity," West decided not to compete with the billionaire and to postpone his campaign to 2024. Will wait.
Kanye and the mental hospital
If you think scandals are taking up most of Kanye's time, they are not. From August to November, the musician gave 41 concerts as part of the Saint Pablo tour, and also worked on the Yeezy collection. Overwork made itself felt. On November 19, shortly after meeting with Rubchinsky, West gave another concert: first he attacked Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who supported her, then performed only three tracks and left the stage. And on November 21, Kanye was hospitalized: he had to undergo a compulsory psychiatric examination in a Los Angeles clinic. West voluntarily refused to go for treatment, so the police had to handcuff him and escort him to the hospital. The musician was discharged only in December.
Kanye and Gosha Rubchinsky
In November last year, Kanye undertook not only a shocking, but rather intriguing sortie: the rapper was spotted in Moscow (or rather, at an exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum) in the company of Gosha Rubchinsky. A number of Russian media outlets, citing sources in the designer's circle, suggested that West and Rubchinsky had conceived a collaboration - relevant memes like Yeezy Boost with Cyrillic began to appear on the network. But the story has not been continued, at least not yet.
Kanye and Ikea
We will end this brief excursion into the history of Kanye West's adventures on a positive note. In August 2016, during an interview on BBC Radio 1, the musician expressed his desire to do a collaboration with Ikea. For some reason, of all the branches of the Swedish giant, only the Australian responded: the local Ikea released a comic video with the Yeezy bed, painfully reminiscent of the bed from the Famous video. Naturally, ordinary netizens also did not remain in debt - memes began to breed and multiply exponentially. Among others, there are the "extended" Kardash chair, the Yeezus shelving unit and the I made that bitch famous bench (hello Taylor Swift!). As is the case with West's other remarks, the collaboration with Ikea has yet to happen. Maybe it's for the best - if Kanye joined the hype around the notorious Ikea bag and its Balenciaga twins,the world could not bear.