Kanye West is insisting that he legally recorded his phone call where he asks Taylor Swift about referencing her in “Famous.”
The footage of the conversation that Ye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, leaked to the public via Snapchat is permissible by law because of the rules of “confidential communication,” according to TMZ. The site heard the tape in its entirety and says that it was evident that Swift knew her conversation could be overheard and therefore had the possibility of being recorded. Rick Rubin was in the room with West and he interjects multiple times in the dialogue. Recording “confidential communication” is only a crime if the person does not know the conversation is being recorded and there is no reasonable expectation that it would be.
When The Life of Pablo cut was released, Yeezy famously (excuse the pun) rapped “For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.” Swift was reportedly outraged.
West defended the lyrics, saying that he had the “Bad Blood” singer’s approval. Kardashian supported her husband and told GQ that the couple had the footage of the conversation because the rapper records all of his creative processes for archival purposes and for the possibility of documentaries about his music. Swift denied having the conversation.
And then Kim took to Snapchat, which the singer responded to, saying she was recorded without her consent.