Kanye West has reignited his rivalry with Taylor Swift after name-dropping the pop star in the lyrics to his new track, Famous.
The hip-hop star unveiled his new Yeezy Season 3 clothing line and much-anticipated album T.L.O.P. (The Life of Pablo) during his New York Fashion Week presentation on Thursday, and one line in a new song her debuted really caught the attention of fans around the world.
In the song, he raps, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, yeah I made that b**ch famous."
The line in question references Kanye's unforgettable stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he grabbed the mic from a stunned Swift and protested her first ever VMA win for Female Video of the Tear, arguing his pal Beyonce should have won the prize.
Shortly afterwards, there were claims that Kanye had contacted Taylor for approval of the song, and the singer had "got the joke".
However, Taylor's representative has come forward to dismiss the reports, insisting Kanye never asked Taylor what she thought of the track.
“Kanye did not call for approval," the rep told Gossip Cop. Apparently Kanye had initially asked Taylor to put a link to the song on her Twitter account, but "she declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message".
"Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b**ch famous'," the rep concluded.
Kanye then posted a series of tweets where he claimed he had an hour long conversation with Taylor and that she had came up with the line at a dinner.
The musician, who is married to reality star Kim Kardashian, said he had run the lyric past his wife.
He tweeted: "First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship.
"2nd thing I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it. 3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.
"4th B*itch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word N***a. 5th thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with.
He continued: "She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him 'I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous!' #FACTS.
"6th Stop trying to demonize real artist. Stop trying to compromise art. That’s why music is so f***ing watered down right now I miss that DMX feeling.
"7th I miss that feeling so that’s what I want to help restore. 8th They want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture but you can see at Madison Square Garden that you can stop us.
"9th It felt like a seen from The Warriors ALL GODS ALL GODS ALL GODS in the buildin not just the famous people there but the kids the moms the dads the families that came to share this moment with us."
Kanye and Taylor appeared to have put the feud behind them last year, when Swift presented the rap star with the Video Vanguard Award.
Taylor's best friends Jaime King, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss were among the famous faces in the audience at Kanye's Yeezy presentation. Taylor is godmother to Jaime's son Leo and the pair are firm friends, so Jaime was one of the first to tweet her support after Famous premiered.
"I'm so sad right now & disappointed right now. I stand by my sister. Always." she tweeted.
Gigi also revealed her feelings about the track, writing: "My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty."
Meanwhile Taylor's brother Austin also stood up for his sibling by making a dramatic gesture on his Instagram page. Alongside the caption "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again," Austin is seen throwing his pair of $950 Moonrock Yeezy Boost 350 trainers into the rubbish bin.
Taylor has yet to comment on the situation herself via her social networking pages.
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