Kanye West Raps About Taylor Swift on New Song: "I Made That Bitch Famous"

Kanye West Raps About Taylor Swift on New Song: "I Made That Bitch Famous"
Source: AP
Source: AP

Just under seven years ago, Kanye West made waves when he didn't let Taylor Swift finish at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In one swift rip of the microphone and a declaration that "Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time," West cast himself as moment-stealing villain to Swift's wronged songstress.

The rest, of course, is history. Yet years later, the rapper has brought it back up again — in a new song.

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At his premiere event for Yeezy Season 3, the rapper turned designer's fashion line, West debuted tracks from his oft-renamed new album The Life of Pablo. On one track that includes Rihanna, identified by Pitchfork as "Famous," West takes credit for what happened during those VMAs. 

In fact, he says, her fame is thanks to him.

"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex," he raps on the track. "I made that bitch famous." Though he doesn't specify the VMAs or which Taylor he's speaking of, it's hard to imagine who else could be the target of the lyric. He's likely not boasting about the lasting effect he had on Taylor Lautner's career.

This isn't an entirely new theory either. For years since the incident, commentators have drawn a link between the two stars' careers. Indeed, after West took Swift's mic, both of them grew in fame and infamy.

Still, a direct claim to Swift's career is new for West, especially considering the pair's relatively friendly rapport in the past few years.

It's unclear why West chose now to bring this up — but, of course, much of what the rapper does these days is a complete mystery. This is the same man who two days ago tweeted "Bill Cosby innocent" in all caps with a cornucopia of exclamation points.

Swift has yet to comment, though as we know from history, she may prefer to answer in song.

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Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at kevin@mic.com.

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