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

Newsweek International - - CULTURE -

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.

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