For the past five months, we’ve been deep in the “Famous” drama – and it’s easy to forget about the other song lyrics that had similarly captured our attention in the past.
From the questionable to those with deeper meaning, here are just a few of the lyrics that kept us talking:
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous”
– from Kanye West’s “Famous”
It’s been months since it was released, but West’s tune “Famous” is still causing controversy – the line above in particular. Most recently, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, took to Snapchat to post a video of West on the phone with Taylor Swift, the “bitch” in question in the song, seemingly proving that Swift knew about at least some of the lyrics before he released them – a fact Swift had previously denied.
“He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair”
– from Beyoncé’s “Sorry”
It was the lyric that sparked a witchhunt. After Beyoncé dropped her new album, Lemonade, everyone had one question: Who is Becky with the good hair? Many suspected it was fashion designer Rachel Roy, who fueled speculation with an Instagram post captioned “Good hair don’t care.” Roy denied the connection, and the hunt for Becky continues on.
“I know you want it”
– from Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”
Thicke’s song was the anthem of summer 2013, but came under fire for its lyrics, particularly this one, which critics said perpetuated rape culture.
“Go check the numbers dummy, that s just me gettin started / I m artistic, you n—-s is autistic, retarded.”
– from J.Cole and Drake’s “Jodeci (Freestyle)”
It’s not hard to see why this one stirred up controversy. J.Cole, who rapped the lyric, was criticized for his use of the words “autistic” and “retarded” as derogatory terms.
“They say that love is as powerful as cough syrup and Styrofoam / All I know is I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo with the ugly Kardashian.”
– from Eminem’s “Berzerk”
This Khloé Kardashian diss track was met with a lot of disdain for its needlessly cruel characterization of the reality star.
“You re a copycat / Where is my royalty? / You re a pretty girl, I ll give you that / But stealing my recipe, it’s an ugly look.”
– from Madonna‘s “Two Steps Behind Me”
Madonna never officially released this track, but when it was leaked, it caused enough chatter you’d think it was a chart-topper. Many speculated that Lady Gaga was the subject of the song, after Gaga released her “Born This Way,” which sounded oddly similar to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” However, Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, shut down those rumors with a tweet.
“Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love / So take a look what you’ve done / Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!”
– from Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”
After Swift’s song “Bad Blood” – and its epic music video – hit the airwaves, people wanted to know: Who did she have such “bad blood” with? Many believe the song is about Katy Perry, whom Swift is rumored to have a long-standing feud with.
“Someone’s gonna paint you another sky.”
– from John Mayer’s “Paper Doll”
Swift has seen her fair share of musical drama. After she penned the song “Dear John,” supposedly about her relationship with Mayer, the rocker came back with the song “Paper Doll,” which people thought was a retaliation track – particularly because of the above line, which seemed to respond to the “Dear John” lyric “But I swore I was fine / You paint me a blue sky.”