Kanye West Performs ‘Famous’ For Manila, Admits Song Is A Taylor Swift Diss Because Of VMAs 2009 Feud!

Kanye West Performs ‘Famous’ For Manila, Admits Song Is A Taylor Swift Diss Because Of VMAs 2009 Feud!
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Kanye West performed  the controversial song “Famous” for his Filipino fans and then promptly gave a speech about it! He said the lyrics were really intended for Taylor Swift and it was truly a diss for all that he suffered after VMAs 2009.


According to Rappler, West performed his greatest hits at the Paradise International Music Festival, Saturday April 9, which was held at the Aseana City Open Grounds, Manila, Philippines. Included in the hits he performed was the controversial “Famous.”

It can be remembered that when it was first released under his most recent album “The Life of Pablo,” it caused such a ruckus because of its lyrics. The lyrics referenced Grammy award-winning singer Taylor Swift and their feud back in VMAs 2009. Taylor Swift. A line from the song goes like this: “I feel like me and Taylor might have sex / I made that b*tch famous.”

While West have produced a series of tweets back on February to say that he was not dissing Swift through the song and the “Shake It Off” singer actually authorized the lyrics, he now said that he really was dissing Swift, after all that he went through for telling the “truth” 7 years ago! Speaking to the enthusiastic Manila crowd, Kanye said, “You don’t know, it’s really overwhelming for me to perform the song for the first time and for y’all to react to it in that way.” He added, “I fought to make that the first single off Life of Pablo.”

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After performing the track twice, he gave a lengthy explanation of the song. “I wanted you to know, the whole time, you know… In the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer’s block to me – the song that I wanted to say so bad: that they told me I couldn’t sing!”

“That night, when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day,” said Kanye, referencing the VMAs 2009 when he interrupted Swift as she delivered her acceptance speech. The backlash was so great that his co-headlining show with Lady Gaga was cancelled. “You know the night I’m talking about, when I just said what everybody else was thinking,” he added.

He said the song is his way to let people know they have not curtailed his desire to speak out truths. “So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s gonna be said the rest of the time? And I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt,” he said.

He added that this is the challenge of an artist, not to be controlled by everything else but the truth. “But that’s the job of an artist – of a true artist – not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth – what you see, what you feel, and say what you f**king feel,” he said.  After his speech, he asked the Paradise crowd, if he could perform it for a third time, to which almost everyone shouted “Yes.”

On her part, Swift already issued a statement with regard how she felt as she accepted her Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. “I wanna say to all the young women out there: there are gonna be people along the way, there are gonna be people who try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” she said. “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 that put you there,” she added.

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