On Friday morning, the rapper took to Twitter to share his story behind his new song “Famous,” in which West raps, “For all my Southside n—-s who will know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous.”
According to 38-year-old rapper, both Swift, 26, and his wife Kim Kardashian West, 35, approved the lyrics prior to the song’s debut at Thursday’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, which doubled as a listening party for his new album, The Life of Pablo.
“I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings,” West wrote in part on Friday in 15 tweets clarifying the situation.
West, who infamously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs, went on to say his lyrics about Swift were “endearing” and Swift herself was actually the source of a contentious line. According to West, Swift was at a dinner with one of their mutual friends when she allegedly said, “I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous!”
However, as Swifties – including the singer’s brother Austin and her loyal squad – reacted to the lyrics on Thursday, a spokesperson for Swift told PEOPLE, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account.”
Swift’s rep added: “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 bitch famous.'”
Read on to see West’s series of tweets in its entirety. (Warning: some of the language is potentially offensive.)
“4th Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop like the word N—-,” West tweeted.
“That’s why music is so f—— watered down right now … I miss that DMX feeling,” he wrote.