Taylor Swift's Shadiest 'Reputation' Lyrics Are Seriously So, So Savage
There’s a lot of love in Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation... but there’s also a lot of shade, too. Taylor Swift’s shadiest Reputation lyrics are definitely giving fans a lot to think about. Who does Swift go after on her new album?
First up, in an essay in the Reputation lyric booklet, Swift writes:
Sure, most of the content on her album is all about boyfriend Joe Alwyn, but she does get some brilliant lines in that point to Kanye, here exes, and others.
Seeing as her feud with West has had its fair share of ups and downs, it’s totally expected that there would be some mention of him on Reputation. If you recall, West included this lyric about Swift in his song “Famous”: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why?/I made that b*tch famous.” He claimed she approved it, she denied it, and Kim Kardashian presented the receipts in a phone call between Swift and West.
So, yeah, everyone was totally looking for mention of West in her latest release and she didn't disappoint. Check out Swift's shadiest lyrics.
“I Did Something Bad”
1. Swift seems to call West out in a number of lyrics. I think it's safe to say she's probably referring to him as a "narcissist" here:
2. Clearly, someone talking sh*t about Swift and her having no regrets could be a dig at West:
3. And here's where Kim K comes into the mix, with those "receipts" from the phone call about "Famous":
"This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"
4. In “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” Swift goes all in... and the lyrics are so revealing about West, including:
5. She also includes a reference to West losing Jay-Z as a famous friend:
6. And a reference to West’s similar lyrics in “Runaway,” but with a twist, including a line where she laughs at the idea of forgiveness. Savage.
"Call It What You Want To"
7. Swift likely calls out Kardashian and/or Katy Perry as the “drama queens,” and possibly West or Calvin Harris as “jokers.” Ouch.
8. Swift appears to reference leaving Harris, while alluding to Tom Hiddleston with black ties at the Met Gala, where they met:
"King of My Heart"
9. The singer gets a dig in at the guys with fancy cars she dated (fans note that Harris drove a Range Rover and Hiddleston had a Jaguar) who can't hold a candle to her new love, Alwyn.
"Don't Blame Me"
10. Swift gets some major digs in with just a quick lyric here, throwing shade at exes Hiddleston, Harris, and maybe even John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal:
In a callback to the prologue she wrote, consider Swift’s words: "We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us."
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