The Kanye West and Taylor Swift controversy has been talked about to death. And trust us, we would love to just put it to bed and never think about it again (except for our yearly “Remember when…” posts, of course). But one person in particular just can’t let sleeping dogs lie: Kanye West himself.
West stirred up the controversy again when he released the song “Famous” on The Life Of Pablo. With lyrics that were clearly referencing the West/Swift spat from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye says, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex // Why? I made that bitch famous (God damn).” Pretty compelling stuff.
But at Paradise International Music Festival in The Philippines two weekends ago, West performed his most recent album for the first time and came to the defense of “Famous.”
“What I wanted you to know the whole time in the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer’s block for me because it’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say,” he told the crowd. “That night when I went onstage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day. You know what night I’m talking about. When I just said what everybody else was thinking. So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?”
It’s a little hard to take Kanye seriously as he plays the victim in this case. Then again, he’s never been known for discretion or keeping quiet at the right times. We’d love for this to be the end of the story. We’d love for Taylor Swift to hear this and think, “Okay,” and go right on with her day. We’d love that. We’ll have to see if it really happens, though.