Is Taylor Swift firing shots at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on her new song “Look What You Made Me Do?”
Citing insiders in the pop singer’s camp, TMZ reports that the lead single from Swift’s upcoming album Reputation is, in fact, meant to be a direct shot at KimYe, stemming from their now-infamous “Famous” feud.
“I don’t like your little games,” she sings on the track. “Don’t like your tilted stage / The role you made me play / Of the fool, no I don’t like you.”
Fans immediately took this as a Yeezy diss, claiming that the lyrics reference the “Saint Pablo Tour” set design, with its “levitating” stage. This report confirms that to be true. Some also believed that the song was a diss at another famous Swift foe, Katy Perry, but sources say that the Wests were Taylor’s only target on the track.
According to the story, Swift will make this more clear with the song’s video, which is set to feature thinly-veiled hints about their beef. A sneak peek of the visual already finds Swift sitting on a throne that reads “et tu, brute,” a Shakespearean quote that refers to backstabbing.
In light of this news, fans have wondered if Swift is also dissing Kanye with Reputation’s release date, which coincides with West’s mother Donda’s passing. This year will be the 10th anniversary of her tragic death, but Swift’s label has already denied these accusations by telling TMZ that the release date was “based on other Universal Music Group releases” and that “there is no correlation.”
Swift and West go way back with their bad blood. In 2009, Kanye infamously interrupted Taylor’s Best Female Video speech at the VMAs, claiming that Beyoncé should have won instead. By 2015, however, the two mended fences at the Grammys. That same year, Swift presented West with the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.
All of that went sour when Yeezy released “Famous,” in which he raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” The video features nude wax figures of Swift, Kardashian, and other celebrities, including Ray J, Amber Rose, and President Donald Trump, with Kanye at the center of it all.
After West claimed that Swift approved the lyric before it was released, Taylor bashed the song at the Grammys. “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success,” she said, “or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
In an attempt to call Swift out, Kardashian leaked a video of West going over part of “Famous” with Swift. In particular, he mentioned the line about them having sex. Swift’s camp responded, by claiming that he never mentioned that he would call her a “bitch” on the track during that phone call.
At the time, social media users used the snake emoji to refer to Swift on different platforms. Now, Taylor’s using the image of a snake as part of her new album’s marketing strategy. In light of this, Kardashian has reportedly disabled the snake emoji from appearing in her comments so Swifties have resorted to posting dragon and lizard emojis, leaving the word “snake” in the comments, and replying with lyrics from “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Wait it's legit National Snake Day?!?!?They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 17, 2016
Just last year, Kardashian seemed to throw a shot at Swift by celebrating National Snake Day. “Wait it’s legit National Snake Day?!?!?” she tweeted. “They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days!”
The video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is set to air during Sunday’s VMAs. Meanwhile, Reputation is due Nov. 10.