‘Leaked’ video shines new light on infamous Kanye West phone call with Taylor Swift
Leaked footage appears to show an unedited version of the infamous phone conversation that took place between Taylor Swift and Kanye West over the rapper’s song “Famous“.
In 2016, West’s wife Kim Kardashian shared a clip that showed Swift approving a lyric in which West raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
Kardashian claimed the clip proved Swift was a “snake” because the pop star said she had not been informed that West would call her a “bitch” in the song.
The incident caused a widespread backlash against Swift and is believed to be partly responsible for her hiatus from the music industry.
In the previously unseen footage that is being shared on Twitter, West is shown telling Swift about the song, explaining when he wants to release it and his hope that Swift would tweet it.
“It has a very controversial line at the beginning of the song about you,” West tells her, adding: “I don’t think it’s mean.”
West then delays telling Swift the lyric, explaining: “It says, uh… and the funny thing, when I first played it and my wife heard it, she was like, ‘Huh? What, that’s too crazy,’ and then when Ninja from Die Atwoord hear it, he was like, ‘Oh my god, this is the craziest s**t, this is why I love Kanye…’ and now, it’s like my wife’s favourite f***ing line… I just wanted to give you some premise of that.”
He then says the lyric: “To all my Southside n***as that know me best / I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.”
Swift is heard laughing before she says: “That’s not mean.”
“OK, well this is the thing why I’m calling you, because you got an army, you own a country of motherf***ing 2bn people, basically,” West says. “If you felt that it’s funny and cool and hip hop, and felt like it’s the College Dropout and Ye that you love, people would be way into it, and that’s why I think it’s super genius to have you be the one that says, ‘Oh I like this song a lot… this is cool.’”
“I need to think about it,” Swift tells him. “When you hear something for the first time you need to think about it, because it is absolutely crazy-”
The clip then cuts off. In a separate clip that is being circulated on Twitter, apparently from the same call, Swift is heard telling West: “I [sold] a full 7m of that album before you did that, which is what happened.”
Her comment appears to be in reference to Fearless and West’s notorious stage-crash while Swift was being honoured for Video of the Year at the AMAs.
At no time in the clips does West make any mention of the fact that he would call Swift a “bitch” in the song or claim he “made her famous”.
At the time of writing, neither Swift nor West have publicly commented about the new video. #KanyeWestisOverParty was one of the top trends on Twitter, similar to the 2016 #TaylorSwiftisOverParty trend sparked after Kardashian shared the edited video.
Swift’s album Lover was released in 2019 to positive reviews and became the best-selling record of that year.
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