It serves as the lead single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo The single was serviced to US Urban and Rhythmic contemporary radio stations on March 28, , and was confirmed for release three days before. Upon its release, "Famous" was met with both critical acclaim and scrutiny for a controversial lyrical reference to American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift , partially in relation to West's interruption of her VMA acceptance speech. After West claimed to have obtained Swift's approval over the criticized lyric, Swift denied the claim, criticizing West and denouncing the lyric as "misogynistic" in a statement. Several months later, West's wife Kim Kardashian released a video capturing a conversation between Swift and West in which Swift appears to approve a portion of the lyric.
When Kanye West released the song and video for "Famous" in , he instantly reignited his feud with Taylor Swift. You know, the one that started when he hopped onto the stage at the VMAs and interrupted Swift's acceptance speech, and peaked in when West's wife, Kim Kardashian West , called her a liar —and had the receipts for it? Well, the beef that launched a million snake emoji lives on thanks to a simple "like" on Instagram. The most recent chapter gives us insight into what Swift may really think about the video, which showed a naked look-alike wax figure of her in bed next to West, along with 10 other nude figures including Donald Trump, Amber Rose, Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Bill Cosby. West's song features the lyrics "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex…Why? I made that bitch famous. And that brings us to this week, when a Twitter user wrote, "The famous music video was straight up revenge porn.
Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Donald Trump, and Others React to Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Vid
Based on a work by American realist painter Vincent Desiderio , the video features the rapper and wife Kim Kardashian lying naked on an extremely wide bed in a sweaty, post-coital sleep. Some, or perhaps all, are waxworks — the camera passes across their bodies, the quality of the film grainy, the soundtrack culminating in two minutes of cheering and heavy breathing. Whether Famous makes West an artist is as contentious as whether making a line of clothes means he should be regarded as a fashion designer. Barney is renowned for his sprawling, mythology-packed films, which also often make use of famous people — though those are willing participants, unlike the ones in depicted in Famous. Famous does not include anything so transgressive, but its depiction of women like Swift naked, presumably without their consent West defied them to sue, in a now-deleted tweet , has caused disquiet, though West claims that he took any overtly sexual shots out of the video. A curator with a New York gallery, who contacted the Guardian and was reluctant to be named , agrees with Dunham. Desiderio, the artist who inspired the video, gave the video his seal of approval. But does that make it art?
The material is being guarded so closely that the people in possession of it have refused to send me a link in case it gets hacked. You can understand the desire for secrecy. Donald Trump. Anna Wintour. Chris Brown. Taylor Swift. Kanye West. Kim Kardashian West. Ray J.