With the first track off her upcoming album out, Taylor Swift season is official upon us. Rejoice! It’s a fun as hell time, you guys, so pull up a seat and sit the fuck down.
Her first dance clubby single, ‘Look What You Made Me Do‘, is perfectly petty pop track (howsabout those ‘p’s), and looks to be a direct stab at Kanye West and maybe even Kim Kardashian.
The opening lyrics go:
I don’t like your little games
I don’t like your titled stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
She doesn’t mention Kanye explicitly by name, but leaving bread crumbs and letting her fans follow them to their logical conclusion is on par for Taylor’s later work. (We’re talking post ‘Dear John‘ here.)
The ’tilted stage’ line seems to directly reference the stage Kanye used during his Pablo tour, and once you’ve got that set up, everything else seems to reference the long-standing Kanye vs Taylor feud.
“The role you made me play / Of the fool” could definitely reference Kim‘s series of Snapchats ‘exposing’ Taylor for playing the victim card in regards to Kanye’s lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why / I made that bitch famous.”
Later on, she sings, “The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama / But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma”, just in case you thought she’d moved on from that reputation-destroying (geddit?) scandal over the ‘Famous‘ lyric.
Even her spoken word lyric via the phone call – “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / Why? Cause she’s dead” – seems to reference people saying Kim and Kanye ‘buried her’ by releasing footage of the Kim and Taylor phone call.
Plus, lets not forget that her whole vibe for this album is snakes. Taylor is trying to reclaim the snake emoji after people flooded her Insta with them following those Snapchats and it’s damn well working. There’s even reports that Kim blocked the snake emoji on her own Instagram account in anticipation of Taylor’s album.
Rest assured, right now Taylor stans are trying to figure out who she’s referring to here (or if you know, please @ me:
You ask me for a place to sleep
Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)
But one thing is absolutely for sure: Taylor’s coming for everyone who wronged her. Watch out.Image: Getty Images / Christopher Polk