As a Kanye West fan, I don’t get many satisfying days. Sure, when albums drop and concerts come by, things are good. But as anyone with even a passing familiarity with pop culture knows, West knows how to push even his biggest fans to the brink. From his Cosby thoughts to award show shenanigans and everything in between, it’s a cliche at this point to even single out specific controversial moments in his life.
Most recently, West seemingly re-invigorated his public taunting of noted shiny-guitar playing songstress Taylor Swift in February with the track “Famous.” The song contains the infamous line “For all my Southside n****** that know me best/I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b**** famous.”
When “The Life of Pablo” was released, the line got the most headlines and caused Swift to shame West in her Grammy acceptance speech, saying, “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
While her quote is absolutely truthful, it was obviously a pointed reference to the just-released “Famous.” West quickly took to Twitter to state that Swift had not only been told in advance about the line, but that she had expressly approved it. Swift’s camp denied that that a call had ever taken place.
Fast forward to Kim Kardashian’s GQ profile last month, where it was revealed that since West has a videographer record every moment of his studio time (and really, that could be a whole other post), there was proof the line-vetting. Finally, last night, Kardashian delivered.
In a series of Snapchats (what a time to be alive), West is shown on the phone speaking with Swift and explaining the line, saying “relationships are more important than punchlines.” Swift’s tone seems guarded but enthusiastic once the explanation is given, saying that she already could see Grammy reporters asking about it at the red carpet but that she would say that she was called.
At its worst, the footage makes Swift look like a pathological, Olympic-champion liar. Which is why she seemingly already had a response cooked up, alleging essentially that West never told her about the “I made that b**** famous” part of the lyric. However, Swift’s own words from the call paraphrase the “made her famous” hook of the song, making it seem like she had heard it regardless.
This is a long, convoluted way of saying that just this once, it seems like Kanye was in the right. However, as this whole affair has proven, anything can happen from this point. In pro wrestling parlance, it’s looking more and more like this whole thing was a work designed to sell more albums off of the back of a non-controversy. And wouldn’t you know it? I think it worked.
Check out the Smoking Snaps below, as well as Taylor’s statement on the matter.
Snapchat Video Transcription (Courtesy of u/mikejohno)
Kanye: Oh ok do, you still got- you still got the Nashville number?
Taylor: I do still have the Nashville area code but I had to change it
Kanye: For all my south side n***** that know me best… I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Taylor: I’m like, this close to over exposure
Kanye: Oh, well this one is uh, this is a really cool thing to have uhh
Taylor: I know! It’s like a compliment kind of
Kanye: … give a f*** about… is just you as a person and as a friend, I want things that you feel good, I don’t wanna do rap that makes you feel bad
Taylor: Umm yeah I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way
Taylor: I really appreciate you telling me about it! That’s really nice.
Kanye: Uh, yeah I just feel like I had a responsibility to you as a friend, I mean
Kanye: I mean, thanks for being like so cool about it
Taylor: Aww thanks, I really appreciate it, like the heads up is, that is so nice
Taylor: Even asking or seeing if I’m being ok with it, I really appreciate, like I’d never had expected you to tell me about a line in your song
Taylor: The flowers that you sent me! I like, Instagrammed a picture of them and its the most Instagram likes I’ve ever gotten like 2.7
Kanye: Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know
Taylor: Yeah, I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and think “Oh that’s a real bit, he must be crying”
Taylor: You gotta tell the story like the way it happened to you and the way you experienced it, like you honestly didn’t know who I was before that
Taylor: It doesn’t matter if I sold seven million off that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn’t know who I was before that, that’s fine.
Taylor: And then you get (can’t hear) that to make these things happen, and I have the idea to do it, and I create these things and concepts, it’s like, I’m always gonna respect you
Taylor: And I’m really glad that, you had the respect to call me and tell me about the song and
Taylor: It’s just like, it’s just a really cool thing to do, and a really good show of friendship so thank you
Kanye: Thanks, you too
Taylor: If people ask me about it, it would be great to tell, well he called me and told me before it came out, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine
Taylor: You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade, but I’m gonna be on the Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it and I’m gonna be like, he called me
Taylor: …awesome that youre so outspoken, they’re gonna be like “yeah she does, it made her famous.” you know. it’s more provocative to say “might still have sex.”
No sound! Kanye isn’t moving his lips so it’s Taylor again talking but Kim must have messed up
Taylor: It’s not, sighs, it’s not, it doesn’t matter to me, there’s not one line there that hurts my feelings