Nice try, Taylor
When Taylor Swift released Reputation, Swifties, quite frankly, lost their minds. The highly anticipated album did really well as it sold 700,000 copies on its first day without being released on any streaming services. The singer’s sixth studio album — which was rumored to be released on the anniversary of Kanye’s mom’s death purposely — impressed everyone… except Yeezy.
According to reports, when Kanye West heard Taylor’s not-so-subtle disses towards him, he “gave it a little laugh before quickly moving on.”
The feud between the two celebs all began in 2009 after Kanye infamously interrupted her Best Female Video award acceptance speech at the VMAs. The incident — which Yeezy himself once called “the beginning of the end of my life” — led fans down a long path of social media rants, heartfelt interviews, diss tracks, and never-supposed-to-get-out receipts popping up on Twitter.
Eight years later, Kanye West has
apparently supposedlyseemingly let the beef go.
Focusing on Family
After his very public breakdown, Kanye took some time for himself and his health. The year break ended after the “Famous” MC surprised everyone by hitting the stage with Kid Cudi just weeks ago. The Chicago performance of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” a collaboration he and Kid did for Life of Pablo, was his first since 2016.
Now that he’s back and working hard, all eyes are on him. What’s he doing with the world’s attention? Focusing on his family and his art. The day Taylor released Reputation, which doubled as the 10th anniversary of Donda West’s death, Kanye couldn’t have been less concerned with the eight-year-old feud.
“Kanye has bigger things on his mind today, like the passing of his mother. His focus today has been on his wife, kids, family and mourning the tragic passing of his mom,” an anonymous source told Hollywood Life. “Kanye is staying focused on all the good things in his life, his health and his future. The last thing he is worried about on this emotional day for him is firing back at Taylor.”
The source continued:
“He heard a small part of the new album last night and gave it a little laugh before quickly moving on. If anything, Kanye still feels like he made Taylor famous. Kanye loves the fact that she is still singing about him, which in his mind, only reinforces his belief that he has a lot to do with Taylor’s career success.”
Hey Ms. Donda
Kanye really didn’t need to worry about Taylor because his fans had his back on the anniversary of his mom’s passing. Yeezy fans made sure that Kanye’s “Hey Mama” blasted throughout the world, literally. Thanks to Rhys Halkidis, an Australian high school student who created a Facebook event called “‘Hey Mama’ Day,” the song was reportedly streamed 700,000 times.
“Hey Mama” became the most streamed song in the U.S. on Spotify. The track even reached no. 33 on New Zealand iTunes charts and saw the top 100 in Australia. A Norwegian DJ posted about playing “Hey Mama” on the radio as an Armenian fan posted that the track made it to no. 3 on their iTunes charts. At the end of it all, the song’s stream count moved from 23.6 million to 24.3 million.
Though the song never appeared on the Spotify charts, “‘Hey Mama’ Day” was still seen as a success. Halkidis said that despite the numbers the most impactful part of the day was seeing everyone come together, which is what the event was about in the first place.
While Hollywood Life‘s source gives fans a little insight into Ye’s head, he himself has not done any interviews or released any official statements. He’s also still absent from social media, leaving no real way for fans to know if he saw their efforts to boast “Hey Mama.” Hopefully, Kim K let him know though.
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