I guess going all of six weeks without seeing his name in the news accompanied by the words “… started ranting about (insert name of famous person)” was irritating Kanye West’s attention-hole, because he recently dragged a famous person into a rant. This time it was his on-again/off-again enemy Taylor Swift. Billboard says that Kanye once again got into his never-ending messy relationship with her during a concert in the Philippines on Saturday.
After performing his song “Famous” – aka the one in which he yanks at Tay Tay’s prom queen crown by singing the words “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous” – Kanye got deep and explained why he wrote it. According to Kanye, it goes all the way back to the time he snatched the microphone from Taylor at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (and inadvertently launching her career as the music industry’s triumphant victim). Kanye says that moment was “the beginning of the end of my life” and that “Famous” was the song that broke his writer’s block.
Writing about doing the bland bedroom bump with Taylor Swift got Kanye a Kardashian-sized assload of attention for his album The Life of Pablo. It also gave him some drama with Taylor that he was able to milk for weeks after. But that’s not the reason why he did it. No no no, he did it because Kanye is an artist and is just ~so~ brave.
“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.”
For those of you who like a visual to go with your delusional egotistic nonsense, here’s the video of Kanye on stage talking giving an impromptu artist statement about “Famous” on Saturday night.
After Kanye was done defending “Famous” to the audience, he apparently performed it again. I know I made a joke earlier about Taylor making a career out of playing the victim, but I’m seeing now that I was clearly wrong about that. Even a melodramatic center-of-attention type like Taylor wouldn’t perform the same song twice while taking a break to cry about being “so misunderstood” in the middle.
Speaking of melodrama, this is all so middle school. I feel like at any moment, Kanye is going to march into the middle of Taylor’s cool girl squad circle at recess and defiantly announce: “You only got the lead role in the school play because your mom is best friends with the principal. There, I SAID IT!”
Here’s Kanye in what is clearly Kanye’s current favorite sweatshirt while strolling through Heathrow Airport on Sunday.