Kanye West on 'Famous' line: 'I did not diss Taylor Swift'

MANILA, Philippines – "I did not diss Taylor Swift," tweeted Kanye West, after many called him out on allegedly throwing shade on the pop star on a track in his new album, The Life of Pablo. (READ: Rep for Taylor Swift clarifies rumors she knew about 'Famous' line in new Kanye song)

In a series of tweets released on Friday, February 12, Kanye explained that not only did he get his wife, Kim Kardashian West's permission to rap the line, "I feel like me and Taylor might have sex / I made that b-tch famous," but he got Taylor's too.

"First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship.

"Second thing, I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it.

"Third thing, I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings," he said.

First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


2nd thing I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


3rd thing 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 WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


4th Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word Nigga — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016

 

He also said that the line was Taylor's idea in the first place, as she had once said, "I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous!"

5th thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with … — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


"Stop trying to demonize real artist. Stop trying to compromise art," Kanye continued, saying that it's a constant problem in music nowadays. 

6th Stop trying to demonize real artist Stop trying to compromise art — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


That’s why music is so fucking watered down right now I miss that DMX feeling — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


7th I miss that feeling so that’s what I want to help restore — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


8th They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


but you can see at Madison Square Garden that you can stop us — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


9th It felt like a seen from The Warriors ALL GODS ALL GODS ALL GODS in the buildin — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016


not just the famous people there but the kids the moms the dads the families that came to share this moment with us — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016

 

But in an earlier statement sent to media outlets, a rep for Taylor clarified her side of the story. 

"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 that b-tch famous,'" said a rep for Taylor via statement issued to Entertainment Weekly.

The line Kanye rapped in "Famous" received flak on social media after The Life of Pablo preview was livestreamed on Tidal on Thursday, February 11.

The negative reaction online was increased by Taylor's brother, Austin Kingsley Swift's Instagram video. In it, he throws away his Yeezy Boosts, and the video is captioned, "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again."

Taylor's friend, model Gigi Hadid, also reacted on social media, saying, "My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty." Gigi was at the preview event for Kanye's album. – Rappler.com