Kanye West: A Runaway Year in Review

After spending about 6 months out of the spotlight after the Taylor Swift/VMAs debacle, Kanye launched a new website in February with a nude picture of his girlfriend…

Then in May he released the single Power, impressing critics and fans alike, while proving he was back with a bigger ego than ever!

In July he joined Twitter and started tweeting like a madman.  5 months later he has posted over 1,000 tweets and has almost 1.5 million followers.

About a month later, on August 27th, he released the first track of his G.O.O.D. Friday series, Monster, ft. Jay-Z, Justin Vernon, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.

In September he  started tweeting apologies to Taylor Swift before he returned to the VMAs where he performed Runaway, a self-deprecating tune that might have also been an apology for past transgressions.

On September 29th, Lost In The World, a track from the upcoming album, was leaked.  The track was a collaboration with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver The leaked pissed Kanye off so bad he canceled his G.O.O.D. Friday release, only to go ahead a release Christian Dior Denim Flow that Saturday.

Last week Kanye finished his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, with a scheduled release date of November 22nd.  The album cover has supposedly already been banned in the U.S.A.

Kanye released his newest G.O.O.D. Friday track on Friday, continuing his promise.  The latest, Don’t Look Down, includes Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco on vocals.

Runaway, a short-film directed and starring Kanye, debuted on MTV, MTV2, BET and VH1 simultaneously on October 23rd.  The film, compared to Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, reminds me more of MJ‘s Moonwalker and has a loose plot based on a phoenix who falls to Earth and is treated bad by the people she comes in contact with.  There is nothing genius or groundbreaking about the film, but it is another entertaining chapter in the career of this polarizing figure; a man who now claims to be making ‘commercial art’.