Lilian Min
February 16, 2016 10:40 am
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Look. We’re not really sure what’s up with Kanye West — in the span of weeks, the incredibly ambitious and prolific (as of late) rapper, producer, designer, and tweeter has shared his high fashion aspirations, his personal debt status (supposedly, $53 million and counting), his love of Adidas, and his seventh solo album, The Life of Pablo. (Forever only on Tidal.) But the weirdest part of his recent actions is the revival of his beef with Taylor Swift.

For those of you who’ve been disengaged from American pop culture for the last six or so years, here’s a brief version of what’s happened between the two.

During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, an inebriated West interrupted Swift during her awards speech for Best Female Video. The two publicly made up, and over the years, have even become friendly:

An image of Taylor Swift wearing West’s Yeezy sneakers.

However, everything changed when West debuted his song “Famous,” off of The Life of Pablo, during his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

While West’s certainly no stranger to off-putting comments, “Famous” includes a particular lyric that swiftly revived animosity between the two pop icons:

Hmm. Swift fans and West detractors latched onto that line immediately: Her brother Instagrammed himself throwing out his Yeezy sneakers, while Gigi Hadid, who’s friendly with the Kardashian-Jenners, voiced her own disapproval. All this caused West to issue an immediate response on Twitter, claiming that Swift had actually come up with the line herself:

Swift’s team followed up with press outlets to set the record straight, claiming she’d “cautioned [West] about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”

And then, silence, leading people to believe that was all Swift had to say on the subject.

Not so: During last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, Swift won Album of the Year (which is… its own conversation), and used her acceptance speech on stage to deliver a decidedly pointed message about success and, well, fame:

Later that evening, as a cap to his latest tweetstorm, West issued a maybe? mea culpa:

What does this all mean? West’s juggling a lot of discussions on his Twitter, so perhaps this particular tweet is more toward his fashion naysayers or reviewers who didn’t give his album a 30/10, but we kind of want to believe that it was meant for Swift. Both of them are two of Western music’s most important music icons, and for a brief moment in time, they provided a template for an unlikely, but kind of amazing, allegiance. I guess we’ll have to wait for West’s next series of off-the-cuff tweets.

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