It feels like forever ago, but it was just this past February when Kanye West reignited his “feud” with Taylor Swift. They had a huge falling out, originally, at the VMAs in 2009. Then years of discontent, then they made up last year and seemed to be on very good terms. Then Kanye dropped his album The Life of Pablo, which included the song “Famous.” “Famous” has the lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous.” As everyone remembers, the whole thing exploded online, on social media and with dueling “sources” gossiping to various media outlets. Kanye always stuck to his story – that A) he was just saying what everyone was thinking and B) he asked for Taylor’s permission ahead of the album release and she gave him her approval. Team Taylor always disputed that version of events.
At the end of the day, Taylor saved her major reaction for Kanye by basically dedicating her Grammy to all of the sh-ttalking men trying to take credit for her work. My guess is that Taylor and Kanye are back to an informal Cold War. But Kanye’s trying to heat it up. At a concert this weekend (??), Kanye went off on a little Kanye rant/riff before he launched into “Famous.” This is what he said:
“This is the song that broke the writer’s block for me, because it’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say. That night when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day. You know what night I’m talking about, when I just said what everybody else was thinking. So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time? And I had to fight every day of my life, with the whole world turned against me, for saying out loud what everyone else felt. But that’s the job of an artist, of a true artist: not to be controlled by their finances, not to be controlled by perceptions, but only to be controlled by their truth.”
[From E! News]
While I am a Kanye Apologist – or at least I’m more of an apologist than most people – even I get tired of Martyr Kanye. I believe he’s a great artist, but I believe he would be an even greater artist if he didn’t have to constantly tell us that he’s the most hated, the most maligned, the most martyred, the most misunderstood. Maybe some of us do think that he just got up there and “said what everybody else was thinking.” And maybe out of all of that negative energy and blowback, Kanye rose up and produced what was probably his greatest album (My Dark Twisted Fantasy). So maybe Kanye needs to just learn how to let some of this sh-t go.