Kanye West Addresses Taylor Swift ‘Famous’ Video at Drake Show
In a cultural sense, it feels like eons since Kim Kardashian first showed the Snapchat video receipts of Taylor Swift‘s approving certain Taylor-centric “Famous” lyrics in a phone call with her husband Kanye West on July 17 (Taylor’s been declared “dead“! Celebrities have picked sides and occasionally embarrassed themselves while doing so! Cats have lain with dogs!). But it hasn’t even been two weeks, and while Kanye’s detractors would say that 12 days of public silence is a show of uncustomary restraint from the rapper-producer, Kim’s the general in this particular battle and he’s stayed above the fray. Until last night (July 27), that is.
West made a surprise appearance during Drake‘s Summer Sixteen tour stop at Chicago’s United Center on Wednesday, where the hometown hero and Drake performed “Pop Style.” Before Yeezy transitioned into “Famous,” he broke his (again, relatively brief) silence on the way his wife clarified the previously-Taylor-controlled “narrative” with her Snaps.
“All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat,” West told the crowd, as Rihanna’s “Famous” vocals began. “Because now y’all can know the truth and can’t nobody talk s—about ‘Ye no more!”
While the videos shared by Kim proved that Taylor was far less unaware of Kanye’s lyrics than her 2016 Grammy acceptance speech had previously suggested, Taylor insisted in her Instagram rebuttal that she hadn’t known the rapper would ever say the word “bitch.”
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Swift wrote. “You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
Kanye and Taylor’s frenemyship began way back in 2009, when West “Famous”-ly interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video with a stage-storming insistence that Beyonce should have won for “Single Ladies” instead. He was asked to leave the building immediately afterwards, according to MTV. Meanwhile, Beyonce invited Taylor onstage for a proper moment in the spotlight later that evening, with Bey ceding her own acceptance speech time for Video of the Year to Taylor. Swift returned to the VMAs in 2010 to perform the allegedly Kanye-inspired “Innocent,” which many viewed as a triumph over her victimization the following year. The song peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Meanwhile, Kanye faced a groundswell of backlash beginning that very evening, as well as vitriol from Taylor supporters. As he told Ellen DeGeneres, he took rapper-actor Mos Def’s advice to completely move out of the country and live in obscurity.
“It’s a pretty bugged out story. I literally left America. I stopped doing music altogether,” Kanye told Ellen. “I just took some time — I went to Japan to get away from paparazzi altogether. And then in November, I moved to Rome and just like lived there. Then, when I came back to the States, I moved to Hawaii and lived there. I lived there for like six months and just worked on music again.”
Watch Kanye address the Taylor Swift “Famous” flap in Chicago below.
“I am so glad my wife has snpachat. Cause now y’all can know the truth.” – Kanye West pic.twitter.com/aoYhprCieR
— DistinctHype (@DistinctHype) July 28, 2016
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