Kanye West Producer Said He Complimented Taylor Swift in ‘Famous’

Kanye West is one of the most influential rappers of the past 20 years. In addition to his acclaimed music, he is known for causing controversy. One of the greatest controversies of his career came from the way he portrayed Taylor Swift in the song “Famous” and its accompanying video.

In the song, West infamously said he might have sex with Swift because he “made that b*tch famous.” The song was produced by Havoc, a legendary rapper from the group Prodigy. Interestingly, Havoc said the song was a tribute to Swift rather than an insult to her.

Kanye West next to Taylor Swift holding an MTV Award | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

The creation of Kanye West’s ‘Famous’

“Famous” was one of the tracks from West’s divisive album The Life of Pablo. According to XXL, Havoc remembers first hearing the song when it was incomplete. Havoc was impressed with the unfinished track and worked with West to bring it to “another level.”

Havoc says by the time he started working on “Famous,” West already had his own vision for the track. However, Havoc said he did have some influence on the final song. Specifically, Havoc said he contributed to the song by adding “the gritty sounds, the drums or whatever. Crazy snares.”

The controversy surrounding the song’s lyrics about Taylor Swift

Kanye West and Taylor Swift hugging | Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images

When the song was released, many Swifties were upset. They felt it was misogynistic for West to say he was responsible for Swift’s fame, especially since Swift was famous well before West interrupted her on MTV.

Furthermore, Swifties thought it was gross for West to say he might sleep with her. The music video for “Famous” only compounded the problem, as it showed a nude wax figure of Swift in bed with a nude wax figure of West and several other famous people. In spite of all this, Havoc actually said Swift shouldn’t be upset about the song and had some compliments for her.

Havoc says the song wasn’t a diss against Taylor Swift

Havoc wearing a hat backwards | Brad Barket/Getty Images

According to The Daily Beast, he said “I think artists are artists, and she should really chill out. It’s not that serious. She has an awesome career, and she don’t need to be fighting with another awesome artist. Freedom of speech is alive and well—or should be—and she shouldn’t be going out there complaining about not clearing this.”

In addition, “He was giving props—it wasn’t like he was trying to diss you. Some people are a little too sensitive for the game but this is the game that we’re in. There’s no time for soft skin—and I’m not just saying that because she’s a female. Everyone has to display tough skin for this industry since everyone is gonna come at you, and you might like it or you might not.”

Furthermore, Havoc said he didn’t try to convince West to get rid of the offending lines from “Famous” because he’s not a fan of censorship. He knew the song was going to be controversial the moment he heard its infamous lyrics. However, he was ultimately proud to be involved with it.

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