There's been much chatter around Kanye West's new song "Famous," in which he appears to diss Taylor Swift with the lyrics, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous."
And there are two very different sides to this story.
According to TMZ, Swift's rep has revealed that she did not give approval to West to use the lyrics, stating, "Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.'"
But West disagrees, as he recently took to Twitter to share his side of the story, starting with the tweet that suggested he never intended to "diss" Swift.
I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
He continued that Kim Kardashian gave him her blessing on the track, and so did Swift — and she reportedly thought the line was funny.
2nd thing I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
West then revealed that "bitch" is an endearing term in hip-hop, but that the lyrics were not even his idea: Swift reportedly came up with the line herself.
5th thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
No doubt that it's a nod to when he infamously interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009.
She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
And West has seemingly accused the media of trying to "demonize real artist[s]."
6th Stop trying to demonize real artist Stop trying to compromise art— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
And control them.
8th They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
It's evident those close to Swift are not happy with the lyric, and her brother Austin even created a video that shows him throwing out his Yeezy trainers. But West seems adamant he had Swift's approval for the line.
For Swift's part, she has yet to personally comment, but fans are no doubt eagerly awaiting her response — and there have been countless tweets regarding West's lyrics, some of which include:
Taylor Swift isn't 16 anymore, guys. She's grown af. If a man steps out of line, let her put on the big girl pants and defend herself!— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 12, 2016
rare picture of what made Taylor Swift famous: pic.twitter.com/eN1Un6tckI— ila (@flavlesswift) February 12, 2016
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