Kanye West’s Original ‘Famous’ Verse Leaks
An original demo take of Kanye West’s controversial track “Famous” leaked on Thursday (Oct. 6) and the song has an even more explicit reference to ‘Ye’s frenemy Taylor Swift than The Life of Pablo version. The alt, which features Young Thug, finds West rapping “I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex/ I made that bitch famous,” an even harsher line than the line that ended up on the album “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
The song also takes a swing at ‘Ye’s ex, Amber Rose, by repeating the line in a slightly altered form: “I feel like Amber Rose still owe me sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous/ Not really, but somewhat famous.” The original song also features a Nina Simone sample in place of the final Rihanna vocals and a slower, more loping beat. (While the demo has since disappeared, a source who captured the audio when it was briefly posted forwarded the track to Billboard.) A spokesperson for West could not be reached for comment at press time and a rep for Swift had no comment.
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After a public detente a few years ago, the release of the song caused what appears to be an irreperable rift between West and Swift. The complicated story of the song’s birth includes a claim from West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, that Taylor “approved” the line during an hour-long phone conversation with the rapper the night before its release.
Swift, however, vehemently denied approving (or hearing) the song, following Kardashian’s posting of an edited three-minute version of the phone hour-plus conversation.
That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/4GJqdyykQu
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 18, 2016