Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Includes a Fiery Kanye West Feud Anthem
As Taylor Swift‘s Reputation continues to get dissected on its release day (November 10), the discoveries and interpretations are endless.
When “Look What You Made Me Do” dropped in August, the Internet immediately dubbed it a Kanye West diss track, which is a bit surprising since the pop star wrote on Instagram in July 2016 that she “would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.” However, with lyrics like “I don’t like your little games / I don’t like your tilted stage / The role you made me play: of the fool / No, I don’t like you,” paired with the now infamous telephone vocal effect where Swift says, “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / “Why? / ‘Cause she’s dead,” it was easy to ascertain the song was about her ongoing beef with the rapper.
Now, it appears Reputation includes a feud anthem that doesn’t leave much to be interpreted. After an explosive chorus, “This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things” calls out Swift’s brief reconciliation with West. “It was so nice being friends again / There I was, giving you a second chance / But you stabbed me in the back while shaking my hand,” she sings. Then we get a not-so-subtle reference to the “Famous” phone call: “And therein lies the issue / Friends don’t try to trick you / Get you on the phone and mind-twist you / And so I took an ax to a mended fence.”
And with that ax, T-Swift swings for the heart with a lyric about Ye’s falling out with Jay Z: “But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately / Mm mmm / If only you weren’t so shady.” Talk about bad blood.
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