West was performing at the Bridgestone Arena in Swift’s adopted hometown, the capital of country music.
He stopped rapping three times and urged the crowd to chant “Fuck Taylor Swift.”
“I need to hear that loud in Nashville. I need to hear that so loud in Nashville!” said the rapper who is pushing 40.
“So many people told me, ‘You’ve got to take that line out of the song,'” he said from the stage. ‘You got to play it safe.’ But this is what rap music is.”
Here is the entire conversation Taylor & Kanye had, judge for yourself. pic.twitter.com/InTjvPGKe3
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“This is what art is. Saying how you feel. And this song is how I feel.”
The beef began over the song when it was released on West’s Life of Pablo album in January, more than eight months ago.
For the record, it goes like this:
“For all my Southside niggas that know me best,
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,
I made that bitch famous.”
Swift blew a gasket over the words “I made that bitch famous” because she thought West was taking credit for her success and minimizing her accomplishments.
At this year’s Grammy’s in February, Swift fired back without mentioning Kanye by name.
During her acceptance speech for winning Album of the Year, she said:
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there… there will be people along the way who try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you are going, you will know it was you and the people you love who put you there.”
The two patched things up shortly afterward, ending the beef, just about a typical run in the pop culture news cycle.
But Kardashian refused to let it drop.
In a June interview, she insinuated that Swift lied. “She totally approved that,” Kardashian, 35, told the GQ magazine. Swift, she added, “gave her blessing.”
Swift fired back with a statement from her rep. She said they did talk about the song by phone. But Swift denied ever approving the lyric.
Then the rep lamented: “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone,” the statement said.
Kim responded by posting a video of the phone call on Snapchat. Swift could be heard saying she was ok with the sex line, but the “bitch” line was never discussed.
“He promised to play the song for me, but never did,” Swift said in a follow up on Twitter.
“Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination,” she added.
“I would very much like to be excused from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of since 2009.”
Swift was referring to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West bum-rushed the stage and grabbed the mic out of her hand to protest because she’d won the Video of the Year.
But she’s found out the hard way that once Kardashian, and now West, discover someone they can milk for publicity, they never let go.
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