Kanye West posted a lengthy Twitter rant on Friday, clarifying his controversial lyric about Taylor Swift.
While Swift's rep says the 26-year-old singer was never made aware of the line in "Famous" where West calls her a "b**ch" he made famous, the 38-year-old rapper claims he received her "blessings" prior to the song's debut. On Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, West showcased the track along with his latest album, The Life of Pablo, at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show.
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"I did not diss Taylor Swift and I've never dissed her," West stated. "First thing is I'm an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship."
"B**ch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word N**ga," he said in defense of the lyric: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that b**ch famous."
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West goes on to write that both his wife, Kim Kardashian, and Swift signed off on the song. "I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings," he claimed.
He even tweeted that the "Shake It Off" singer was behind the verse. "I'm not even gone take credit for the idea… it's actually something Taylor came up with," West revealed. "She was having dinner with one of our friends who's name I will keep out of this and she told him, 'I can't be mad at Kanye because he made me famous!' #FACTS."
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The rant continued with West asking that people "stop trying to demonize [a] real artist," and to "stop trying to compromise art."
"That's why music is so f**king watered down right now," he wrote. "I miss that DMX feeling."
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West added, "They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture, but you can see at Madison Square Garden that you can stop us."
He then called attention to the massive crowd that turned up for his performance. "It felt like a seen from The Warriors ALL GODS ALL GODS ALL GODS in the building," he tweeted. "Not just the famous people there, but the kids, the moms, the dads, the families that came to share this moment with us."