Kanye West in history: How the rapper fared in 2016

Kanye West made headlines all through the year 2016, from January to December. For his connections to Jay-Z, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian and even Taylor Swift, the rapper needs no introduction.

Image: Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

It’s true that people have varied opinions on Kanye, but those who see him as a genius seem to be the majority.

His worst critics see him as a psychotic rapper, and in truth, he just suffered “temporary psychosis”.

However, when it comes to music, even those who hate him the most would unanimously agree that he’s a god.

The year 2016 hasn’t been a wonderful one for Kanye and family. This is how he fared from January to December, 2016:

Image: Kanye West and Amber Rose.

JANUARY: Kanye West started the year with a Twitter war after Wiz Khalifa took issue with Yeezy’s album title “Waves”. The beef soon turned into a war of words against their wives – Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose, including her son Sebastian.

“4th you let a stripper trap you,” Kanye wrote to Khalifa. “5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”

Yeezy later apologized for involving Khalifa’s son, promising he won’t make the mistake ever again.

Rose didn’t take Kanye’s words lightly. She responded in a Twitter post: “Awww @kanyewest are u mad I’m not around to play in ur asshole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyA**Bitch.”

Awww @kanyewest are u mad I’m not around to play in ur asshole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch

— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) January 27, 2016

Later in the same month, Rose made an appearance on the Guys We F***ed show where she made some NSFW comments.

In the interview with hosts Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, Khalifa’s wife [at that time] was asked a question about her relationship with Yeezy.

She said: “Real love? Was with my husband,” trying to clarify that she never had true love for Kanye. “My soon-to-be ex-husband,” she added.

“He was the love of my life.”


Image: Kanye West and Amber Rose.

Wiz is now an ex-husband to Rose, who dated Kanye for a few years (2008-2010).

FEBRUARY: Kanye West released his “Life of Pablo” album in February, and the rapper made headlines for his controversial rhymes in “Famous.”

Yeezy criticized Taylor Swift, the same singer he belittled on stage after she received 2009’s Grammy award for Album of the Year.

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why, I made that b**ch famous,” the 39-year-old rapped.

Image: Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

In the original version, according to Complex, the line was “I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex,” with the additional bars, “I feel like Amber Rose still owe me sex, why? I made that b**ch famous. Not really, but somewhat famous.”

MARCH: Kanye opens his Pablo pop-up store in Soho and the event shuts down blocks.

Neighbors complained, but fans turned out in droves to grab the latest Pablo designs from the rapper who also has a business partnership with ADIDAS.

APRIL: In April, Azealia Banks called Kanye a sellout “who became a Kardashian.”

Surprisingly, Kanye ignored the beef and thrilled fans when he turned up on stage during A$AP Rocky’s performance at Coachella.

MAY: Kanye dropped his Yeezy Season 2 Collection without Adidas, and everyone goes crazy for them.

JUNE: Due to bad weather conditions, Kanye West had to cancel his scheduled show at Governor’s Ball. Though he offered an impromptu show at Webster Hall in Manhattan to compensate fans, this “didn’t fly” with many.

Things quickly got outta hand, as fans showed up for the impromptu show and started causing troubles before cops ended the show.

JULY: The X-rated “Famous” video was released, and it made headlines around the world. Ray J, who had a sex tape with Kim Kardashian, threatened to sue Kanye.

Meanwhile, Amber Rose and Lena Dunham criticized Kanye for misogyny and exploitation.

In the same month, Taylor Swift threatened to sue Kanye but had to back down for not having legal grounds to do so after Kim and her hubby released a recorded video which showed she knew about the lyrics in “Famous”.

AUGUST: Kanye West declared in August that he’d contesting for president in 2020. He made the statement during MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards.

Later in the same month, Kanye withdrew his earlier comments, saying he’s inexperienced and didn’t have views in politics.

However, he broke Billboard’s record which was previously held by Michael Jackson. He also called out radio for not playing Frank Ocean.

Kanye was offered four minutes to do whatever he wanted at the 2016 MTV VMAs, so he chose to premier his “Fade” video.

SEPTEMBER: Kanye revealed Yeezy Season 4 at New York Fashion Week.

The rapper was criticized for his overall performance, especially for the poor treatment of models.

Image shows Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West.

OCTOBER: Kanye West had to stop his set at The Meadows Music & Arts so he could attend to his wife Kim, who was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, France.

Kanye also postponed his “Saint Pablo” tour following the incident.

Image: Kim Kardashian

NOVEMBER: Kanye decided to pause his song for a 15-minute political rants during which he told concertgoers that his candidate would have been Donald Trump though he didn’t vote.

He was booed for the comments. However, he ended the show saying that he lost his voice.

Then in Sacremento, he went on a massive rant, calling out celebrities like LeBron James, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Beyonce and husband Jay Z, among others.

Kanye was hospitalized soon after he canceled the rest of his tour.

Image: Kim Kardashian

DECEMBER: Kanye leaves the hospital as an out-patient amid rumors that Kim Kardashian is planning a divorce.

He appeared on the streets of L.A. for an art show, making headlines with his new blonde hairstyle.