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Video Shows Kanye West Had Taylor Swift Approval for Line in Song

Kim Kardashian releases video evidence of Taylor Swift knowing she was going to be used in a Kanye West song; Swift responds stating there was no evidence of West using the “bitch” line.

The controversy surrounding the conflicting reports of whether or not Kanye West had the approval of Taylor Swift for his controversial line on a single from his newest album has been put to rest.

Kim Kardashian-West, the wife of rapper Kanye West, posted a series of videos on her Snapchat story showing West speaking on the phone with who is believed to be Taylor Swift. In the conversation, West tells Swift of a controversial line he would like to add to his song “Famous,” a single off of his latest release, The Life of Pablo. 

“Feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous.”

After releasing the song, West received backlash from both the Swift and her fans–even so much as to having Swift’s camp outright reject the idea that West called for approval. According to TMZ, when the song originally was released, sources connected to Swift confirmed that she was, in fact, called and advised about the line. Not only was she made aware, but she approved of the line. West said previously he records all of his conversations, especially important with something such as this. Depending on the state the conversation was recorded in, the one-party consent law may or may not be in his favor.

Kardashian posted a series of tweets alluding to her posting something to her Snapchat later on last night.

Of course, the denial by Swift could put a strain on the West-Kardashian-Swift relationship especially due to Swift’s camp threatening to sue if video of the conversation were to surface.

The Fader took the time to dissect and transcribe the conversation. Swift personally thanks West for calling her and letting her know he’s using the lines in the song.

Kanye: I want things that make you feel good. I don’t wanna do rap that makes people feel bad.

Taylor: Um, ya. 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: Yea. I just felt I had a responsibility to you as a friend. I mean, thanks for being so cool about it.

Taylor: Aw, thanks! Yeah I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice!

Later in the video, she adds her own input to the song and suggests a change in the lyric. She also goes into detail on what she would say if confronted about the line.

Taylor: And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, Look, he called me and told me about the line before it came out. Like, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine.

Taylor: You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade. But right after the song comes out I’m gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it and I’m gonna be like, he called me.

Taylor: …awesome that you’re so outspoken and it’s gonna be like, Yea, she does, it made her famous! It’s more provocative to say, Might still have sex.

Taylor: …it’s not. It doesn’t matter to me. there’s not one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.

When the song originally released, Kanye posted a series of tweets rejecting the idea that he dissed Swift.

Many believed the line stemmed from 2009 stunt West pulled where he went on stage and interrupted Swift after she won the award for Best Female Video instead of, who West believed should have been the winner, Beyoncé. The two are presumably still friends, but it seems clear that there is a strain.

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Update

Swift has responded to the video on her Twitter.

[H/T The Fader, CoS, TMZ]
Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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