You may have heard about this obscure rapper named Kanye West who released a new album yesterday…oh, that’s right, basically the whole world was aware of this fact. No matter whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Kanye knows how to draw attention to himself.
Yesterday, at the Yeezy Season 3/The Life of Pablo event of a lifetime, he struck some nerves with a line in his song “Famous” regarding a certain singer he interrupted at the 2009 VMAs. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” he raps. “Why? I made that bitch famous.” This, of course, rankled a lot of people who thought that was a very misogynistic thing to say, not to mention a gratuitous reopening of a beef that most people thought ended at last year’s VMAs, when Swift presented Kanye with his Lifetime Achievement award.
Kanye, being Kanye and having recently rediscovered his ability to captivate all of Twitter, decided to reply with a rant. This isn’t quite as glorious as his rant against Wiz Khalifa, but there’s definitely some interesting material to be gleaned. Check it out:
A compelling defense? Meh…it stands on weak legs of anecdotal evidence. Ye’s back to his reliable stump speech about art being censored, his fallback whenever he offends people (he probably knows about DMX’s recent hospitalization, so maybe that shoutout was very intentional). And with this now turning into a he-said-she-said story—Swift denies prior knowledge of the line in question—the real question to ask is this: why is Kanye so obsessed with sex?
There’s also a meta-thesis in here somewhere about Kanye’s ability to draw media attention like moths to a flame.