Taylor Swift Throws Shade At Kanye West With ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

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Before long, Taylor Swift will be releasing her sixth studio album, Reputation, but, ahead of that much anticipated debut, the singer released a controversial new single. The song, “Look What You Made Me Do,” seems to be a lightly veiled dig at Kanye West and a response to the long running feud that has been publicized widely via social media over the past year.
Taylor Swift’s New Single Is Darker
While Taylor is continuing her pop music leanings with “Look What You Made Me Do,” there’s no denying that the song and the accompanying video take a dark turn. Exploring themes of betrayal, mistrust, and forced change, the song is unnerving even without knowledge of the feud that inspired Swift’s lyrics.
“I don’t like your little games/ I don’t like your tilted stage,” Ms. Swift sings.
Her voice takes on a venomous quality, as she addresses this unnamed betrayer and that bitter tone is only enhanced by the suggestion that Taylor is, in fact, throwing shade at Kanye West. Later in the song, her lyrics again refer to Kanye and the rapper’s own music video, which was the initial root of this rift. In the song, Taylor refers to those earlier rap lyrics.
“The role you made me play: of the fool/ No, I don’t like you,” Swift sings.
Taylor Swift Sings Of Moving On, But Has She?
Later in “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor sings about the world going on and time passing, mentioning Karma and its own ability to take repayment for injustices. She even uses an effect to simulate a phone call in which she declares that the old Taylor is dead.
While there’s no part of the single that mentions Kanye West by name, Swift did an excellent job of throwing in enough clues that she might as well have named the single after him. Aside from the lyrics, the dark and vivid music video features a bright red snake slithering about in cut scenes, as a female silhouette hid and spied on a dark figure.
Last year, Kanye instigated a renewal of the ongoing feud, when he released “Famous” with lyrics he claimed Swift had approved in advance.
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that b—- famous,” rapped Kanye.
Taylor Swift denied ever being approached about the song and publicly denounced the song via social media.
Reputation will be released on November 10, but is already available for pre-order.