Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar Just Dropped the Epic Video Everyone's Been Waiting For

Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar Just Dropped the Epic Video Everyone's Been Waiting For
Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

Taylor Swift kicked off the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in the most epic way possible. After weeks of anticipation, she debuted the star-studded music video for her new single, "Bad Blood." It wasn't just a new music video, though — it was a whole new song, featuring two never-before-heard verses from Kendrick Lamar

If Taylor Swift won 2014 with 1989, then Kendrick Lamar won 2015 with To Pimp a Butterfly. Now, together, the two are about to take over music all over again:

The video starts with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, aka Arsyn, fighting off a group of masked men in an office. Right when the two knock out the last villain, Gomez betrays Swift by knocking her out of a window onto a parked car. Luckily for Swift, she has every possible celebrity, from Lena Dunham to Cindy Crawford, to help her fight back.

Source: Mic

Every one of the stars Swift announced on her Instagram — including Zendaya, Ellie Goulding and Karlie Kloss — makes a brief ass-kicking appearance, but Lamar is by far the most important character. He features prominently, cruising beside Swift in a translucent car as he raps. The two have expressed their love for each other's music in the past — Lamar once even freestyled over Swift's "Shake It Off" — and now they're finally together on an official release.

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The video is guaranteed to bring the epic success of Swift's 1989 to whole new levels. Her record was one of the only albums to go platinum last year — something many pundits thought couldn't be done. 1989 did it in a week. In fact, it had the largest sales week for an album since 2002, moving 1.287 million copies.

Swift is one of the absolute best at creating an event out of a debut. She and her whole team look like pop culture's Avengers — and she is undoubtedly pop's baddest and brightest.

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Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

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