Kanye West Explains the Deeper Meaning Behind "Famous" and About Misogyny in the Music Industry
Kanye speaks up. Again.
Having recovered (more or less) from his infamous 2009 VMA episode with Taylor Swift, Kanye’s hit track “Famous” from his latest album The Life of Pablo may have sparked another round of criticism with the lyrics: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous.” Yet, the rapper made a speech after his set at the Paradise International Music Festival in Manila, Philippines, explaining the importance of the idea behind the song. Having used samples from Nina Simone’s “Do What You Gotta Do” and Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” these songs inspired Kanye and broke his writer’s block to express what he feels about the industry. The song speaks about misogyny in the music industry, unavoidable even when an artist is at the peak of fame, as well as the dichotomous treatment of black and white artists of equal prominence. Watch his speech in the video above.