"I'm like this close to overexposure"
"I'm like this close to overexposure"
Text: William Defebaugh
Kim Kardashian West has been teasing the Internet for weeks with claims that she has proof of Kanye West getting Taylor Swift's approval for mentioning her in his song "Famous," and last night, she finally delivered.
The media mogul took to Snapchat last night to release her video evidence, which, as promised, shows her husband making a courtesy call to Swift from the studio. As tempting as it is to simply condemn Swift for her previous reactions against the song when it came out, the whole situation still makes us dubious: the video reads like a script, with the couple saying everything necessary to clear themselves. The whole scene reads like it was either as the first stage in a masterful publicity stunt, or simply a safeguard should Swift go back on her word.
And then there's Swift's knowledge of this latest development. Can we really be expected to believe that she was naive enough to fall for this dull of a plot? Isn't she supposed to be the queen of calculated career moves? These questions may never find answers, but one thing does seem certain: we haven't heard the last on this tired, 2009 narrative.
In a statement posted across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Swift makes it clear that her disapproval of the song comes from West's specific lyrics "that bitch," a line that is not discussed in the call. In her caption, Swift further clarifies that she wasn't informed she was being recorded, which technically violates California's Wiretapping Law. That law specifically requires two-party consent in the recording of all conversations.
Watch the footage below, as well as the full transcript of their call, in case anything is unclear.
Kanye West You still got the Nashville number?
Taylor Swift I still have the Nashville umm area code, but I had to change it.
KW To all my southside n----s that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.
TS I'm like this close to overexposure.
KW Oh, well this I think this a really cool thing to have.
TS I know, I mean it's like a compliment, kind of.
KW All I give a f--k about is you as a person and as a friend, I want things that make you feel good.
TS That's sweet.
KW I don't want to do rap that makes people feel bad.
TS Umm, yeah 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.
KW Oh yeah, I just had a responsibility to you as a friend you know, and I mean thanks for being so cool about it.
TS Aw thanks. Um yeah I really appreciate it, like the heads up is so nice. [inaudible] Even asking or seeing if I would be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like I would never expect you to like tell me about a line in one of your songs.
KW It's pretty crazy.
TS And then the flowers that you sent me, I like Instagrammed a picture of them and it's like the most Instagram likes I've ever gotten. It was like 2.7 million.
KW Relationships are more important than punch lines, ya know?
TS I don't think anyone would listen to that and be like that's a real diss she must be crying. You've gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way that you experienced it. You honestly didn't know who I was before that. It doesn't matter that I sold 7 million of that album before you did that which is what happened, you didn't know who I was before that. It's fine.
TS I might be in debt, but I can make these things happen. I have the ideas to do it and I create these things and concepts. I'm always going to respect you. I'm really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song. It's a really cool thing to do and a really good show of friendship so thank you.
KW Thank you, too.
TS 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 the line before it came out. Jokes on you guys, We're fine." You guys want to call this a feud; you want to call this throwing shade, but right after the song comes out I'm going to be on a Grammys red carpet and they're going to ask me about it and I'll be like, "He called me." It's awesome that you're so outspoken about this and be like, "Yeah, she does. It made her famous." It's more provocative to say "might still have sex…" It's doesn't matter to me. There's not like one [line] that hurts my feelings and one that doesn't.