Folks, it's time to admit media bias - I'm firmly Team Kanye Kardashian. Sorry, I just gotta say it. Taylor Swift, however, has just dropped her new album, and it's not much of a surprise that she's taking on the Kimye household. Ever since Kanye stepped upon that fateful stage and grabbed her VMA award, Taylor Swift has built her public image around the infamy of it all. But who is in the wrong really? Well, that's what her lyrics are about, and they trace an entire timetable of activity.
A new song on the album, titled "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is believed to be the central site of the beef between Taylor and Kanye. The lyric: "So why'd you have to rain on my parade?" is believed to reference Kanye snatching her VMA award to give props to Beyonce. But the next lines really cement it:
"It was so nice being friends again/There I was giving you a second chance"
At the 2015 VMAs, Kim and Kanye publicly squashed their differences, and acted like friends. Probably just for the publicity, but still. It fits the timetable. However, the next lyrics are the most directly Kanye-oriented of them all.
"But then you stabbed my back while shaking my hand/And therein lies the issue/Friends don't try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you".
The 'phone' reference seems to be directly referring to when Kim Kardashian exposed Taylor Swift for lying about approving a Kanye verse. See, for his album The Life of Pablo, Kanye spit the controversial line: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/cause I made that b*tch famous". After that, for a week at least, the Taylor camp was furious at Kanye. But months later, Kim Kardashian leaked a recorded phone conversation of Kanye and Taylor agreeing that the line was okay. He actually screened it past her for her approval.
So...what is Swift actually complaining about here? She was exposed for being shady, and taking umbrage at a line that she approved. I don't see an argument here.
The next lines, featuring the lyric: "Here's a toast to my real friends" is a direct reference to two Kanye songs. One, is Real Friends, off The Life of Pablo, and the other is Runaway from his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which featured a chorus of: "Here's a toast to the douchebags."
Now, the last part is potentially the worst. Taylor says: "And here's to my momma/Had to listen to all this drama," which may seem innocent on its face, but on deeper inspection, is absurdly cruel. Taylor released her album on November 10th, which is the day that Donda West, Kanye's mother, died. By referencing her own mother in a song dissing Kanye on the day of his mother's death, well...
To me, Taylor Swift's new edge lord persona seems to be based entirely on her own misreading of situations and refusal to accept any blame for her own actions. You can't get mad just for being exposed, you have to actually have an argument as to why you were in the right. But what do you think? Will Kanye hit back? Is Taylor destined to defeat him once and for all?