Unless you’ve been hiding under a large rock these past few days, you’ll no doubt be aware that Kanye West has a new album out.
And in true Kanye fashion, the superstar rapper has already got himself embroiled in a row with an old foe following Thursday night’s launch of his newbie, The Life of Pablo.
The album track Famous includes the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
No prizes for guessing who the Taylor in question is. The line, of course, being a reference to his infamous microphone swiping moment during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
According to reports, Swift is less than impressed. But now Kanye has defended himself over the controversy caused by his lyric.
“I’m an artist and
as an artist I will
express how I feel”
Taking to Twitter, the rapper claimed that he did not “diss” Swift and that the crux of the lyric was actually her idea.
“I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her,” West wrote. “I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship… I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it.”
He continued: “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings… I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with”.
“She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him… I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS”.
West also wrote: “Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word Nigga”.
Swift knew Kanye was planning a song about her – but warned the controversial rapper against releasing the “misogynistic” hit, her spokesperson has confirmed.
Following the playback of The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden in New York, Swift’s spokesperson issued a statement saying West had asked Swift to share 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,’” the spokesperson said.
Kanye’s song comes almost exactly a year after he reconciled with Swift at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, which subsequently sparked rumours that the pair would be collaborating on new music.
“We’ve never been in a studio together,” Swift said last April. “But he’s got a lot of amazing ideas.”