After world-premiering his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden Thursday, Kanye West is now defending his controversial material about Taylor Swift, including one song in which he raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b**** famous.”
The rapper took to Twitter to explain the meaning behind his bold reference: “I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her…,” he tweeted, later adding, “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.”
Kanye adds that his choice of words is no big deal. “Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word N****,” he writes.
He also says Taylor was in on the idea — or at least part of it. “I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with …,” Kanye wrote, adding: “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.”
A representative for Swift confirms Kanye contacted her, but says Swift cautioned Kanye about “releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” The rep also says Swift was never told about the contentious lyric, “I made that b**** famous.”
Kanye’s album is laced with his explicit lyrics and even makes reference to the sexual past of his wife Kim Kardashian, to whom he also refers using the B-word. Kanye explains that he refuses to censor himself: “I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship.”
West also says Kim was aware of the vulgar verses. “I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it,” he wrote. “Stop trying to demonize real artist Stop trying to compromise art.” The rapper adds that he’s standing up for real music. “That’s why music is so f****** watered down right now I miss that DMX feeling,” he writes. ” I miss that feeling so that’s what I want to help restore. They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture, but you can see at Madison Square Garden that you can stop us.”
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