Kim Kardashian took to Snapchat on July 17 to release snippets of a recording that appears to show Taylor Swift giving her blessing to Kanye West for lyrics he wrote about her in a recent song, which has been a sticking point between the two musicians.
With Swift on the phone, West recites the following lyrics from his song "Famous" to her: "For all the south side n---- that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex," notes Pitchfork.
"...What's dope about the line is it's obviously very tongue in cheek either way," Swift says. "And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice."
West goes on to say he had a responsibility to tell Swift the lyrics, and she responds: "For you to ask me if I'd be okay with it, I just really appreciate it. I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in your song."
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The full lyrics of the line include: "For all the south side n---- that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b---- famous."
At one point in the Snapchat video, Swift seems to make a reference to the infamous 2009 incident when West crashed her acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards, which West may have been referencing when he sang, "I made that b---- famous."
"...You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way that you experienced it ... You honestly didn’t know who I was before that," Swift allegedly tells West in the video. "It doesn’t matter if I sold seven million [copies] of that album before you did that, which is what happened, you didn’t know who I was before that. It’s fine."
Swift later adds: "And I'm really glad you had the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend, about the song ... It's just like a really cool thing to do, a really good show of friendship. So thank you."
On Feb. 12, Swift's spokesperson said: "Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made the b---- famous,'" noted Pitchfork.
It does not appear in Kardashian's edited video that West mentions the "b----" line to Swift.
Swift wrote on Instagram on July 17: "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b----' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that b----' in front of the entire world."
Swift went on to say that she wanted to be "supportive of Kanye on the phone call," but added: "[Y]ou cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination."