The first single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo includes the lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Swift said after the release she was blindsided by the lyrics, never approved them and considered them demeaning to women.
She was especially upset over the fact that West took credit for her success. The reference was to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
You may recall, West bum-rushed the stage, snatched mic from her hand and said Beyonce should have won the Video of the Year Award.
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) July 18, 2016
That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/4GJqdyykQu
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 18, 2016
In what appeared to be a staged scene on KUWTK, family black sheep Scott Disick told Kim that Taylor, in his opinion, had signed off on the lyric.
“She did, but then she was acting like she didn’t,” Kim responded.
She noted that a camera crew was filming West at the time they spoke on the phone and recorded the whole scene.
“It was really important that he spoke to her,” Kim said later in the show. “I think she got freaked out by the reaction and flipped,” Kim added.
The reality star posted a heavily edited version of the recording on Snapchat, (see right) prompting Taylor to slam her for “character assassination.”
Apparently, the recording has been an issue for some time.
Taylor’s lawyer reportedly accused the Wests in February of recording the call without Swift’s knowledge, which is a criminal felony in California.
Gossip Web site TMZ reported today (July 18) that it had obtained a copy of the letter sent by her attorneys, demanding the destruction of the tape.
Kim had previously referenced lawyer involvement in the matter in her June GQ magazine interview. She reiterated, then, that Taylor knew all about the lyric, but decided to “play the victim, again.”
“I’m just speaking the truth. [Kanye] called her and spoke to her. She even helped him rewrite it! It’s so wild,” Kim said on her show.
In the video, Taylor seemed to laugh off the part about having sex, calling it a “compliment.”
Today on Twitter, however, Taylor reiterated that she was unaware of the lyric “I made that bitch famous.” And the recording seems to bear that out.
Swift is especially sensitive on that point, given her struggle to break into the music business. She was rejected in Nashville and finally broke out, virtually on her own.
Swift also noted that West promised to play the song for her, but never did.
“I would like very much to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be part of since 2009,” Swift said in a statement.
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