Good Morning is one of my favourite Kanye West songs. It’s the first song on Graduation. And Good Morning is so perfect for this morning because this is how I woke up this morning. With a gossip gift, courtesy of Kanye West’s wife who has, today, given us a great gossip morning by snatching the Gossip Valedictorian crown from all other pretenders and delivering to us the legendary receipts. If there ever was a gossip museum, there would be an entire room dedicated to these receipts, this video, this hall of fame f-cking video. It’s a level of gossip gameplay that far exceeds the Mickey Mouse stylings of DJ Moses Charlton Heston. So, perhaps, just for one day, Kanye West’s wife has graduated too. I will call her Mrs West.
Do I need to recap this sh-t or can we just jump right in?
Maybe a brief recap because some of you don’t memorise this sh-t…and WHY NOT!?!
A few months ago, Kanye West releases Famous. The two lyrics in Famous about Taylor Swift are:
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that bitch famous
Kanye insisted after the release that Taylor knew. He ranted on Twitter that he called her to tell her about it. Taylor denied that that’s how it went down, releasing a statement through her publicist:
"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account," her rep said in a statement to ET. "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 bitch famous.'"
Then Taylor won Album of the Year at the Grammys and dedicated her acceptance speech to Kanye. Here’s video of that if you need a refresher – and it’s important that you remember her tone:
Last month, Mrs West talked about the situation with GQ. She basically called Taylor a liar and, in defence of her husband, insisted that Kanye did give Taylor a heads-up about the song and that Taylor was good with it until it came out and used Kanye to turn herself into a “victim”, again, and boost her popularity. Mrs West also warned that she and Kanye were in possession of video that proves their side.
In response to that interview, Taylor released another statement about the song:
“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian's claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
Last night, Mrs West posted the video on Snapchat. And it lit up the world:
Hypebeast transcribed the conversation in case you’re having difficulty making out everything that’s being said.
Taylor has since responded with her own social media post:
So now… well… Taylor Swift’s fans will support her no matter what. But everyone else is basically acting like ding dong the witch is dead. The witch is not dead. (She’s a blonde with a lot of money– they basically survive everything! See The Shallows.) But she’s in retreat. She is in serious retreat. Because splitting hairs is not going to cut it here. What Taylor’s doing is splitting hairs.
No, the audio does not explicitly prove that she knew about the lyric “I made that bitch famous”. Taylor is, actually, right about that. Which is what she has been objecting to all along. But it’s implied. And what the video does do is demonstrate that Kanye was gracious. That Kanye came to her as a friend. You can hear it in how he’s talking to her. And you can hear it in how she responds to him. This does not sound like the ALL CAPS RAGEY Kanye that the public loves to vilify. This Kanye – as presented to us BY HIS WIFE! – is conciliatory and courteous. It’s a Kanye that Taylor never cared to tell us about when she was claiming to have been wronged by him. In accusing him of blindsiding her, she never bothered to give us the entire picture. She never bothered to tell us that Kanye was actually really nice to her on the phone. She never bothered to share that he shared some of his lyrics. Most importantly, she didn’t specifically share that she UNDERSTOOD his point of view. In her words:
“You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and how you experienced it. It doesn’t matter if I sold seven million off that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn’t know who I was before that, that’s fine… I’m always going to respect you and I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me about it as a friend… It’s a really cool thing from you and a really good show of friendship so thank you.”
THAT. There it is, right there.
“You didn’t know who I was before that, that’s fine.” Put that quote next to “I made that bitch famous” and it’s basically a match. It’s two pieces that fit together. It’s implied approval that if that’s how he sees it, in his personal experience, artist to artist, it’s condoned.
And then she gets up on stage at the Grammys and decides to throw him up as an enemy in her crusade for feminism. Amateur hour. And I called it that at the time. In my post about Taylor’s Grammys acceptance speech I shat on her for permanently linking her victory to him. “From now on, when we talk about Taylor Swift’s 1989 winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, we are going to remember how she got up on stage, collected her award, and directed most of her remarks in response to what Kanye West said about her in three lines in one of his songs. It’s a permanent association now. Taylor Swift + Kanye West. FOREVER.”
That’s is why this sh-t will never die. Because she’s as responsible for perpetuating it as he is. Maybe even more. Because she underestimated the gossip power of his wife. Coming up next.