Read the Transcript of Kanye West’s Phone Call With Taylor Swift

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On Sunday night, the feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West reached a boiling point when Kim Kardashian West released footage of a recorded call between West and Swift on Snapchat. The video appears to show the two music superstars discussing the lyrics of his song, “Famous,” which references Swift.

A quick recap: After West released the song, Swift released a statement: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” But in a recent GQ profile, Kardashian West contradicted this, saying that Swift was not telling the truth — and that she had recorded proof.

Last night, Kardashian West made good on her word. In the grainy video, which has frequent cuts and edits, West appears to read the lyric in question to Swift, which she calls a “compliment.” They then affirm their mutual respect for each other. And Swift jokes that everyone will think it’s a feud — but that she’ll be able to dispel those rumors, thanks to the phone call.

The Internet immediately exploded, as Twitter and Facebook went wild with the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty. Swift responded with a note explaining that she did not approve the use of the derogatory expletive — and called out the West team for recording her without her consent.

Read the full transcript of the choppy Snapchat story here. (The frequent cuts make it impossible to discern what’s been left out of the conversation.)

Kanye West: “You still got — you still go the Nashville number?”

Taylor Swift: “I still have the Nashville area code, but I had to change it —”

Kanye West: (rapping) “For all my South side n***as that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”

Taylor Swift: “I’m, like, this close to overexposure.”

Kanye West: “This one is, uh — I think this is a really cool thing to have.”

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

Kanye West: “… I give a fuck about is you as a person and as a friend.”

Taylor Swift: “That’s sweet.”

Kanye West: “I want things that make you feel good. I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad.”

Taylor Swift: “Um, yeah. I mean go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way.”

Taylor Swift: “And I really appreciate you telling me, that’s really nice.”

Kanye West: “Oh — yeah. I just had a responsibility to you as a friend. I mean, thanks for being like so cool about it.”

Taylor Swift: “Aw, thanks. Yeah, I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is like, so nice. [inaudible] … even asking or seeing if I would be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like I would never expect you to like tell me about a line in one of your songs.”

Kanye West: “It’s pretty crazy.”

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

Kanye West: “Relationships are more important than punch lines, you know?”

Taylor Swift: “Yeah, I mean — I don’t think anyone would listen to that and be like oh that’s a real diss she must be crying. It’s just, you’ve 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 Swift: “It doesn’t matter that 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.”

Taylor Swift: “I might be in debt, but I can make these things happen, and I have the ideas to do it and I create these things and concepts. Like, I’m always going to respect you. And I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song.

Taylor Swift: “It’s just like a really cool thing to do, and a really good show of friendship, so thank you.”

Kanye West: “Thank you, too.”

Taylor Swift: “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, jokes on you guys, We’re fine.’

Taylor Swift: “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’ll be like, ‘He called me.’ … It’s awesome that you’re so outspoken about this and be like, ‘Yeah, she does. It made her famous.’ Its more provocative to say ‘might still have sex’ because…”

Taylor Swift: “It’s not — it doesn’t matter to me. There’s not like one [line] that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.”

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