March 20, 2020: Someone Leaks the Full Phone Call From 2016
The drama resurfaced when a YouTube account leaked a supposedly unedited version of the call between the artists from 2016. In the video, Kanye runs certain lyrics by Taylor over the phone but notably does not ask for her approval of the now-infamous line, "I made that b*tch famous." Kanye also asks Taylor to share the track on Twitter as promotion, and she responds hesitantly. "I guess it would just be, people would be like, 'Why is this happening?' And I had something to do with it, probably," she says.
Later in the call, Kanye runs another lyric idea by Taylor. "What if I said I made you famous?" he asks. She doesn't sound comfortable with this line. "Did you say that? Oh God, well, what am I going to do about it at this point?" she says. "It's just kind of, like, whatever at this point, but I mean, you gotta tell the story the way it happened to you and the way that you experienced it." She continues: "You honestly didn't know who I was before that. It doesn't matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn't know who I was before that and that's fine. Yeah, I can't wait to hear it."