A Year of Ye
Kanye West, like our president, likes to speak and tweet his mind. It added up to the most tumultuous year of his very tumultuous career. Let’s relive the highlights
Remember when Kanye west stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt a 19-year-old Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech? Or the time he got sucked into a bizarre Twitter beef with Wiz Khalifa? Just the warm-up, folks, for 2018. Bob Dylan once confused his fans by embracing born-again Christianity. West has embraced a more controversial religion: Trumpism. During the past couple of years, but especially in the past 8 months, fans have watched with bewilderment as he threw his support behind a far-right president—a move that culminated with a surreal and Saturday Night Live–parodied visit to the Oval Office. West had first expressed his good opinion of Donald Trump in late 2016, but he was subsequently hospitalized for apparent psychosis and appeared to rescind his support. This year’s about-face had friends and critics debating his mental health again.
All throughout, West the producer has remained unusually prolific. “It’s been a shaky-ass year,” he rapped on his recent album Ye. No kidding. Here’s our recap.