On Friday (October 27), Swift released 1989 (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her 2014 album 1989. The release is part of the pop star’s project to create new versions of her first six albums, due to a dispute with her former record label Big Machine.
As part of the deluxe version of the new release, Swift got Lamar back in the studio to re-record his part on a Hip Hop reimagining of “Bad Blood” that was originally released as a non-album single back in 2015.
Swift posted on Instagram to announce that Lamar had re-created his parts for the redone version of the track.
“Watching @kendricklamar create and record his verses on the Bad Blood remix was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life,” Swift wrote. “I still look back on this collaboration with so much pride and gratitude, for the ways Kendrick elevated the song and the way he treats everyone around him.”
Swift also recalled how crowds on her recent tour would react to the song, writing: “Every time the crowds on The Eras Tour would chant his line ‘you forgive, you forget, but you never let it… go!’, I smiled.”
The singer then thanked Lamar for re-recording his raps “so that I could reclaim and own this work I’m so proud of.” She called the experience “surreal and bewildering.”
You can hear the re-done “Bad Blood” remix below.
The deluxe edition of Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is available now. In addition to the “Bad Blood” remix, it contains five “From the Vault” tracks that did not appear on the original release: “‘Slut!’,” “Say Don’t Go,” “Now That We Don’t Talk,” “Suburban Legends,” and “Is It Over Now?”
Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only rapper Swift has been hanging out with lately. Earlier this month, she appeared on Saturday Night Live to introduce Ice Spice.
Ice Spice and Taylor Swift have developed quite the friendship since collaborating earlier this year.
The newcomer teamed up with Taylor in May for the latter’s record-breaking single “Karma.” Soon thereafter, the ladies performed it together when Taylor brought Ice out at one of her New Jersey tour stops.
Then they then sat together at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.