Taylor Swift, Kanye West phone recording over song may be illegal

By Madeleine Marr


It was the phone call heard around the world (wide web).

Kanye West asking Taylor Swift if he can rap about her on his song Famous, back in January.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian — who is quite possibly the most famous person on the Internet (she keeps trying to break it) —recorded that call via video and posted it on Snapchat Sunday.

The track, off Kanye’s album, The Life of Pablo, includes the lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b—— famous.” And the call was allegedly to ask the pop singer if that was cool. The track’s video features various celebrities including a naked (Photoshopped) Donald Trump in a bed, orgy style. Eek.

According to the Associated Press, Swift’s publicist said West and Swift did indeed chat about the song, but failed to mention the “bitch” reference, and Tay Tay felt “humiliated” by it.

On Monday, the Bad Blood singer (whose current boyfriend is Tom Hiddleston) wrote on Instagram: “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.”

So was recording the pop princess legal? Maybe not, if the call was recorded in California, where West resides.

The rapper could be in violation of the state’s law and potentially face a fine as well as up to a year in jail.


That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Here’s the transcript — so see for yourself:

Kanye: Oh ok, dope. You still got the Nashville number?

Taylor: I still have the Nashville area code, but I had to change it.

Kanye: (reciting the lyrics): “To all my Southside n—— that know me best/I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”

Taylor: I’m like this close to overexposure.

Kanye: Oh. Well this one is — I think this is a really cool thing to have. Dfinitely.

Taylor: I know. I mean, it’s like a compliment kind of.

Kanye: What I give a f—- about is just you as a person and as a friend. I want things that make you feel good. I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad.

Taylor: Yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek, either way. I really appreciate you telling me about it. That’s really nice.

Kanye: Oh yeah. I just have a responsibility to you as a friend, you know? And thanks for being, like, so cool about it.

Taylor: Aw, thanks. Yeah, I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice....things without, like, even asking or seeing if I’d be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like, I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs.

Taylor: And then the flowers that you sent me, I, like, Instagrammed a picture of them and it’s the most Instagram likes I've ever gotten, it was like 2.7...

Kanye: Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know?

Taylor: I mean, I don't think anybody would listen to that and be like, “Oh that's a real, that's a real dis, like, she must be crying about ... It’s just you gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way that you experienced it. Like, you honestly didn’t know who I was before that.

Taylor: It doesn’t matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened, you didn’t know who I was before that. It’s fine.. . .in the event that I can make these things happen and I have the idea to do it and I create these things and concepts and, like, I’m always going to respect you. I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song. It's just like, it’s a really cool thing to do and a really good show of friendship. So thank you.

Kanye: Thank you, too.

Taylor: And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, “Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Like, joke's on you guys, we’re fine. You guys want to call this a feud, you want to call this throwing shade but, you know, right after the song comes out I’m going to be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re going to ask me about it and I'm going to be like, ‘He called me.’ Awesome that you're so outspoken, and it’s going to be like,’Yeah she does, it made her famous.’ So it’s more provocative to say, “might still have sex. It’s not — it doesn’t matter to me. There’s not, like, one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.