The 11 Most Memorable Kanye Moments of 2013
Love or hate Kanye West, the guy deserves some credit for knowing how to keep himself in the news. 2013 was no different.
Below, we list some of the year's most unforgettable moments that include everything from rants to a birth and an incredible, long-anticipated humbling intervention staged at New York's Power 105.1:
1. Disses Justin Timberlake
Even though Kanye West loves his fashion, he was not a fan of Justin Timberlake's couture-theme comeback single. During a February 23 concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Kanye unleashed his fury on the former 'N Sync singer, saying, "And I got love for Hov but I ain't f—king with that 'Suit & Tie.'" By the end of the night, Mr. West screamed into the mic and threw it onto the ground. When JT played "Saturday Night Live" the following month, he shrugged off 'Ye's diss, singing, "My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic."
2. Finds New Video Outlets For New Slaves
It's quite possible that Kanye asked himself What would Jesus do? when determining how he would premiere the video for "New Slaves," the first single from "Yeesuz." Instead of securing a rollout with a major video platform like Vevo, MTV or BET, Yeesuz took his music directly to his followers. And what was his unorthodox strategy? On Friday, May 17, he projected the video onto the sides of buildings in 66 locations, including the Chanel Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Northwestern University in Chicago, and Bondi Junction in Sydney, among others.
3. Lands New Job: Baby Daddy
Kanye and Kim Kardashian welcomed their precious baby girl, North, on June 15 in Los Angeles. Kanye announced Kim's pregnancy on December 30 during a concert in Atlantic City, boasting, "Stop the music and make some noise for my baby mama."
4. Reveals the Ultimate Face-off
Though Kanye has been wearing various masks during his stage shows for years, he took the fashion trend more seriously during his Yeesuz tour. His four face coverings are from Parisian fashion house Martin Margiela. The styles range from bejeweled to reflective to rectangular beads. While some, including this writer, consider the pieces creepy, 'Ye describes them as "freshness."
5. Finally Reacts to Ray J's "I Hit it First"
Ray J, the co-star of the Kim Kardashian's 2007 sex tape, is likely the person who irritated Kanye the most this year. In April, the R&B singer, who is also the younger brother of pop star Brandy, released the song "I Hit it First." Though Ray J denied the song was about Kim, the single artwork included a pixelated image of the reality star and the video featured a lookalike. In September, five months later, Kanye fired back. During a performance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," Kanye dissed Ray J by changing lyrics in his song "Bound 2." The Yeesuz rapper said, "Brandy's little sister lame and he know it now."