Kanye West made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at the Chicago stop on Drake’s Future Summer Sixteen tour. It was the second of two nights that Drake performed there at the United Center.
Never one to shy away from controversy in any way, shape, or form, Kanye didn’t let his appearance go by without addressing the current feud he and wife Kim Kardashian have with Taylor Swift regarding his mention of her in the lyrics for the song “Famous” on his most recent album, The Life of Pablo.
Taylor Swift didn’t take very well to the line, as one might expect. But the plot thickened when Kim Kardashian released videos on Snapchat of Kanye West talking to Taylor Swift on the phone about those lyrics. While he only gives her the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” she says that it is very tongue-in-cheek and people will realize that so he should go with whatever line he thinks is best. She also thanks him for calling her to let her know that he’s mentioning her in the song and says that when people ask her about it, she’s going to say that he called her.
That is, of course, not what happened.
It’s not clear if the “I made that b*tch famous” line was omitted from the conversation or if, taking Taylor’s advice to go with whatever he thinks is best, that was added later after he figured he had her blessing.
On stage at the Drake show on Wednesday night, he addressed the crowd:
For seven years, y’all had to argue on my behalf. For seven years, bro. All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat. Now y’all can know the truth, and can’t nobody talk sh*t about ‘Ye no more!
Part of this can be seen in this video by Ar Mando on YouTube:
He went on to sing the line, “For all my southside n—as that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why?” He paused to let the crowd finish the line: “I made that b*tch famous.”
For those unaware, Swift and Kanye have a past. When she won the VMA award for Best Female Video in 2009 for “You Belong With Me,” she went up on stage to accept the award and as she was making her speech, Kanye just appeared at her side, took the microphone, and said “Yo, Taylor. I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” acknowledging Beyonce’s video for “All the Single Ladies,” which was also nominated for the Best Female Video award that year.
Taylor Swift stood there, understandably wounded.
And seven years later, we are still hearing about it.
Oh, sure. The two were reported at various points to have hugged it out and made up, but at the 2010 show when Taylor Swift showed up to sing a song about that experience, we should have known we were in it for the long haul.
So here we are in 2016 and it’s no longer just Kanye v. Taylor. It’s Kanye and Kim Kardashian v. Taylor.
Taylor Swift took to Instagram after the videos were released, calling it ‘character assassination.’ She makes the point that they never discussed the line “I made that b*tch famous.” But she doesn’t acknowledge that she told him to go with whatever he thinks would be better (which may have been including that line).
Who knows how long this feud will continue. It’s already been seven years.
Seven years, bro.
They say if you are friends with someone for seven years, you’ll be friends forever. But what about if you spend seven years as enemies?
We might be hearing about this feud forever.