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Kanye West on that Taylor Swift lyric: 'I will express how I feel with no censorship'

Kanye West just cannot stop stirring the outrage cauldron.

The day after his extravagant (and apparently still-evolving) rollout for both his new LP "The Life of Pablo" and the third season of his Yeezy fashion line, much of the conversation about the album revolves around a single lyric about Taylor Swift.

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In the lyric, he now-famously claims to have singlehandedly made her famous (a debateable premise, to say the least) and claims to be holding out for a chance to hook up with her.  

The lyric was obviously intended with plenty of Kanye's self-aware audacity. But it instantly roiled the pop music and fashion worlds.

In response, Kanye did as Kanye does and took to Twitter to publish an enumerated series of explanations and caveats about the line, and the event as a whole.

"I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her…" he wrote. "First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship."

He went on to elaborate that he had his wife's approval for the lyric, that Taylor thought the line was funny, and that nefarious forces "want to control us with money and perception and mute the culture."

Swift, however did not appear to be flattered by the reference, as her publicist sent the New York Times an extremely terse denial that she gave Kanye any blessing to write it. Swift actually had "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message," according to the statement.

Hours later, West appeared to already have moved on to his next big idea, releasing more new music and apparently adding tracks to "The Life of Pablo" as the album was being mastered.

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