By now we’ve all heard about the phone call that supposedly went down between Kanye West and Taylor Swift for approval of the lyrics on “Famous,” and finally we have the video.
The Kanye/Taylor story began with the infamous 2009 VMAs moment where Kanye interrupted Taylor’s speech — which he since has apologized multiple times for. During the backlash of the VMA moment Kanye left the country and worked on what is arguably his masterpiece “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” before returning to the VMAs in 2010.
Five years later at the 2015 Grammys the pair appeared to have made up, they posed for photos and shared laughs at the award show. Later that same year, Taylor was picked to present Kanye with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs. The symbolism of Taylor hugging Kanye on a VMAs stage five years after their infamous exchange was what the popular culture world needed to feel like the Taylor/Kanye rift had truly mended.
Fast forward to February 2016, Kanye premiered “The Life of Pablo” at Madison Square Garden in front of a sold out crowd. Among the tracks on TLOP was a single called “Famous” which featured the lyrics:
FOR ALL MY SOUTHSIDE NIGGAS THAT KNOW ME BEST, I FEEL LIKE ME AND TAYLOR MIGHT STILL HAVE SEX. WHY? I MADE THAT BITCH FAMOUS, GOD DAMN, I MADE THAT BITCH FAMOUS.
The lyrics caused an uproar among people who thought they were sexist and degrading. Taylor joined Kanye’s critics and condemned the lyrics. Shortly after, he took to Twitter to reveal that not only was Taylor aware of lyrics, but had actually agreed. Kanye pleaded that he told Taylor about the lines, in which she stated she knew nothing about and a phone call did not exist.
He even told the story to the crowd at 1 Oak in Los Angeles reassuring people he had permission in February. More recently, Kim said she had the video and was sick of people talking down on Kanye’s name in a GQ Magazine interview.
All this led to last night, Kim giving the world what it had been waiting for. It all started with the release of new a Kimoji and tweet honoring World Snake Day.
Shortly after, a new episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” aired showing multiple discussions and studio footage with “Famous” as the subject.
Throughout the episode Kim explained the situation to Scott, Kris Kourtney and Khloe reiterating that Kanye did in fact get Taylor’s approval for the lyrics. Kris suggested that Kim calls Taylor and hash the situation out, but Kim was not having it.
The real madness began after the show ended when Kim teased that people should be following her on Snapchat.
Kim proceeded to snap a three-minute video where Kanye can be heard rapping lyrics to Taylor over the phone and Swift not only agreeing to them, but also saying it was a compliment.
Below, Taylor also admitted to the plan where she would tell the media at the 2016 Grammys she was in on the whole thing from the beginning.. we all know that’s not how it ultimately went down.
Expert from conversation below. Read the whole transcription here.
Kanye West: “All I give a f–k about is you as a person and as a friend, I want things that make you feel good. ”
Taylor Swift: “That’s sweet.”
Kanye West: “I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad.”
Taylor Swift: “Umm, yeah I mean go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.”
Kanye West: “Oh yeah, I just had a responsibility to you as a friend you know, and I mean thanks for being so cool about it.”
Taylor Swift: “Aw thanks. Um yeah I really appreciate it, like the heads up is so nice. [inaudible] Even asking or seeing if I would be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like I would never expect you to like tell me about a line in one of your songs.”
Kanye West: “It’s pretty crazy.”
Of course, Taylor responded quickly with a statement which looks like was written in the past posting it to Twitter and Instagram. As stated by Kim, Kanye always has film crew recording the process of his album making hence the footage. Taylor also allegedly threatened to sue Kanye and Kim for the video which was either shot in NYC or LA.
Via Newsweek: “U.S. federal law requires only one party in the phone conversation to consent to recording (in this case West), however, state law can differ: some states follow the federal guidelines, while others require two-party consent (or all-party consent if there are more than two participants).”
Still, with the evidence out in the open fans and the rest of social media exploded with their reactions. It even got Piers Morgan to apologize after months of bashing Kanye and Kim over the situation.
Final verdict: Kanye and Kim Kardashian West are innocent on all counts of telling the truth.