Foxx says he was convinced Slow Jamz, his 2003 Kanye West and Twista collaboration, would bomb. Foxx was attempting to relaunch his singing career by throwing house parties in LA when he first met Kanye, then an up-and-coming rapper who had just survived a car crash.
I would throw parties just so I could get into music. I had a studio in my house, and when I had music people over, I said, ‘Leave some music in my studio,’ ’cause I was trying to get on. In walks this kid with a backpack on, jaw’s a little busted; it’s Kanye West. I asked Kanye to perform, so he did this freestyle and I said, ‘Oh my God, you’re about to be bigger than life!’.
However, Foxx wasn’t so sure about Kanye’s ability to make hits after West told him to sing the song with less of an R&B feel.
He said, ‘Don’t do that. Things have changed, just sing it simple. So when I sing the song, I’m thinking in my mind, ‘This song ain’t gonna work’. I do the song begrudgingly, leave and do a bad movie for six weeks, come back, [and] when I get back, my homie said, ‘You know that song you said was bad? It’s number one in the country!’
Kim Kardashian sends a Snapchat showing dozens of floating white rose bouquets sent by West to celebrate their anniversary.
I mean how cute that I did to come home and see these gorgeous floating flowers. Happy anniversary!
Trump and West meet at Trump Tower in New York City. West makes no comment. Trump:
We’ve been friends for a long time. We discussed life.
At his Saint Pablo Tour show in San Jose, West, as part of a 40 minute speech, says he would have voted for Trump, if he had voted. The crowd responds with boos, stunned silence. Some fans throw projectiles, including a Yeezy shoe, which West signs and returns to the thrower. West also reiterates his desire to run for president in 2020, saying his focus would be on education and that his campaign would use a different political model.
I would have voted on Trump. This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now. Whether you voted for Hillary or Trump, this is a safe space for both of you…People who voted for either side come out to the show, I know media is more liberal, what I’m saying is I’m not judging Trump voters…There are Hillary supporters that may be louder, but MY fact is that there are people who who voted for Trump here at the show…The dumbest thing about politics is that politics separate, not one side or the other side is bad, it’s not Democratic or Republican…Stop focusing on racism. We are in a racist country – period.
UFC releases a Vine of McGregor meeting West after UFC202. McGregor:
West and Kardashian name their newborn son Saint West.
In a ten-minute acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, West apologizes to Swift for grabbing the mike from her in 2009, and announces he will run for president in 2020.
If I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else?..After that night the stage was gone, but the effect it had on people remained. The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I was somehow disrespectful to artists.
I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach them that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids they can stand up for themselves, believe in themselves. It don’t matter though. It ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro! New ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.
Kardashian and West appear in a selfie with Clinton at her L.A. fundraiser.
Swift talks to Vanity Fair about how Jay-Z helped her heal the relationship with West.
I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” Swift says. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.
West and Kardashian meet with Jenner for the first time following her transition on E!’s I Am Cait. West:
One of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are controlled by perception. You couldn’t have been up against more: Like, your daughter is a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, you have every type of thing, and it was still like, ‘f— everybody, this is who I am.’
West throws his mic and storms offstage at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony when the audio for the live audience stops working. According to the CBC Olympics official Twitter feed, those enjoying the broadcast version of Kanye’s performance could still hear him but his microphone cut off completely for those watching live from inside Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
When asked if he still believed his previous Tweet that West was “an idiot and a poser” Cosby says:
Yes, I said that! It all stands on what you produce, what you actually put down. Kanye West can’t write, sing, or play. So I have trouble with him as anything but a poser. Produce? That means he sits in a chair while the engineer does the work. He’s a poser! And I’m not backing off it.
Blake confirms forthcoming third album, Radio Silence, to feature Vernon and West. Blake:
I can confirm they’re on it. Kanye — I’m with him today. We’d already started on something but it’s not in full swing. Today we should nail something down. If it doesn’t end up on the album you know it hasn’t worked.
Kardashian says she is expecting her second child with West. The couple confirms their pregnancy with NBC News, saying their baby is due at the end of the year.
I just got the blood test back, and I am pregnant!
Schumer pranks Kardashian and West at the TIME 100 Gala.
I saw them, and I asked my publicist, ‘Can I dive in front of them and act like I fell?’ And she said, ‘I can’t stop you’…I just dove right down.
Police stop West’s Armenia concert when he jumps into a lake followed by hundreds of fans. Kardashian:
Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too! It was such an exciting crazy night!
T Magazine interviews West about his Yeezy apparel brand.
It’s literally like I know this is really harsh, but it’s like Before Yeezy and After Yeezy. This is the new Rome! On tour I would scream Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt? Look at everyone in the audience we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!
West settles lawsuit with photographer Daniel Ramos over LAX scuffle. Ramos’ attorney, Allred, doesn’t reveal the terms of the settlement, but says the agreement includes West apologizing to Ramos. Allred:
We believe that this case sent an important message. Celebrities are not above the law, and they have no right to physically attack someone simply because they were asked a question.
West gives a guest lecture at Oxford University. West discusses his ego and his public persona.
One of my biggest Achilles’ heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone. People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.
West tattoos the birthdates of North and Donda on his wrists. Kardashian shares pictures of the event and finished product via Instagram.
West apologizes to Beck via Twitter for the Grammy incident.
West breaks down during an interview with BBC Radio 1 host Lowe while discussing late fashion design professor Louise Wilson.
[She was] the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school, ever. I didn’t know we were going to lose her.
West cries into his hands and walks out of interview for a few moments.
That’s never happened to me in an interview before.
West London, Kingdom and McCartney perform All Day during the Brit Awards show promoting West’s album So Help Me God.
Rose continues to exchange insults against West’s ugly about her past. West:
If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose. It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose… I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.
This is my moment to let the world know who u really are and the things you’ve done to me.
Cutrone calls West a ‘joke as a designer’, referring to West’s Adidas shoe line.
I’m not into his fashion thing. I think he’s fine as a rapper. I think he’s a joke as a fashion designer. I mean, it’s not, he’s not legit. Have you seen the product? Didn’t he have his own line in London, which was a disaster that he spent $10 million to do, that no one wore? I just think that you should stay focused at what you’re good at. Just because you’re a good rapper doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good fashion designer.
West discusses his Adidas Originals Collection and how he and Kim Kardashian were shunned by people in the fashion industry.
I just think I have a vision of something that I want to do. But God has a special way to teach people through life. I guess I got a little more credit for my second collection than my first, for whatever that is worth. But soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me. The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner]’s house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford … And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other.
Seacrest interviews West during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his shoe collaboration with Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost. Retailing at $350 dollars, Kanye promises there will be no violence due to under stocking of his shoes.
I just want people to be safe and patient. I know you can run up on this 14-year-old kid and take his Yeezys, but just be patient because we’ll make more Yeezys. Eventually, everybody who wants to get Yeezys will get Yeezys. Adidas has promised me that because there’s so many kids that wanted them, but couldn’t get them. And I talked to the heads at Adidas and they said, ‘We can make them’… Like when I was growing up, kids wanted Jordans. Kids got killed for Jordans. Now that I’m in a position, I’m going to make sure everyone gets Yeezys.
Seacrest interviews West during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about the Grammy controversy when he ran on stage during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year.
Well first of all, Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, Wow, this crook has been there! It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an a**hole to everyone.
Rihanna, West and McCartney perform FourFiveSeconds during the Grammy Awards show.
Kardashian and West appear in an ad campaign for Balmain’s Spring 2015 collection. Their photos are shot by Mario Sorrenti.
West is teaching a fashion class at Los Angeles Trade and Technical College for 250 hours as part of his mandated community service from his 2013 paparazzi mishap. LATTC student:
West seemed to be passionate about what he was teaching.
West demands his fans to get out of their seats at his Qantas Credit Union Arena concert in Sydney, Australia. Two disabled fans remain seated and West asks the audience to confirm that they cannot not get up.
I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass, and you get special parking and s–t.
While on tour, West is rushed to a Melbourne emergency room with a severe throbbing headache. Doctors examine West and determine that his condition isn’t serious. Source:
Kanye is fine and didn’t have a major health scare or seizure. He just suffered a migraine and went to the hospital simply as a precaution.
West and Kardashian purchase a home for 20 million dollars in HiddenHills, Los Angeles. The estate has 3.5 acres of land, two swimming pools, two spas, and a vineyard. Source:
They wanted more land than the Bel-Air home, so they are flipping that and will have the two homes now. But they will sell that and move into Hidden Hills.
Horowitz, West and Stoute discuss creative platforms
Beyonce and Jay-Z do not attend the wedding of long time friends Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, which is held in Florence, Italy. Instead they make a trip to the Hampton’s in New York for the Memorial Day holiday.
Kardashian says and West are married at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Although Kardashian’s third marriage, the couple uses traditional vows during the ceremony and a pastor from Miami officiates. Kardashian wears a white Givenchy Haute Couture lace dress and West a custom Givenchy tuxedo for West. According to E! news were serenaded with All of Me by John Legend for their first dance at the reception and family members Kris and Bruce Jenner gave speeches.
West appears on the cover of Ebony magazine to discuss his music and Tupac Shakur.
Jay-Z and West wins Grammy for Best Rap Performnace for N****s In Paris.
Breaux, Bronfman, Dean, Goldstein, Johnson, Jones, Joseph, Rutberg, Sandifer, Scott, Smith, West, and Young are Grammy nominees for Best Rap Song for New Slaves.
West is a Grammy nominee for Best Rap Album for Yeezus.
Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list. But only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, someway, I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?’….
Kardashian confirms she is expecting a child with boyfriend Kanye West. According to the Huffington Post, West announced the pregnancy during a show in Atlantic City to a crowd of 5,000 fans and Kardashian who was in the audience. Kardashian and West originally agreed to make the announcement when Kardashian began showing a baby bump, but West decided to make the announcement in the moment.
Seacrest interviews West during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his engagement to Kim Kardashian.
The ring was 4-hours-old from when I put it on her finger. I had to pick it up in L.A. (before). I was working on it for awhile. I was working on it with four different jewelers. I just put it in my bag.
Kardashian says yes to West’s proposal of marriage at AT&T Park in San Francisco. West proposes on the field accompanied by roman candles and a full orchestra as Kardashian’s friends and family watch from the dugout of the park. All friends and family present help celebrate the engagement with Kardashian during a dual engagement and birthday party afterward.
The injured paparazzi victim wants to press charges against West after the LAX airport incident. West faces felony attempted robbery charges and expects to settle the paparazzi dispute out of court. TMZ:
The routine is to go after the suspect for the most serious charge.
West assaults a photographer at LAX airport and tries to steal his camera. The victim is taken to the hospital after the attack.
What you are trying to do is get me in trouble so that I will slip up and pay you like $250,000.
West performs Black Skinhead on Saturday Night Live to promote YeeZus.
Kardashian and West appear on the cover of the March 2013 issue of L’Officiel Hommes.
Jay-Z, The Dream, Ocean, and West wins Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for No Church In The Wild.
I’d like to thank all the fans…