Taylor Swift and Kanye West finally ‘Shake It Off’

By Managing Editor

Nearly six years after the infamous MTV Video Music Awards at which Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s award acceptance speech, the two powerhouses have allegedly developed a revitalized, friendly relationship.

Rumblings of the brewing friendship started back in February after West and Swift were seen chatting it up at the 2015 Grammy Awards, and the whispers were revived again when an April 24 Glamour U.K. article finally revealed Swift’s candid thoughts on the matter.

“We actually, I guess, could be called friends now!” she told Glamour U.K. “I honestly think I needed to continue to prove myself in my career and I think it finally got to a place where he realized he respected what I do as a musician.”

As surprising as the new friendly union may seem, it’s been a long time coming.

Back in 2009, Kanye might have had a hard time respecting Swift’s work and may have simply seen her as an amateur artist who needed time to mature.

However, now that she has done so, he has come around to the idea of giving her credit where it’s due, while she has come around to the idea of understanding that holding grudges won’t get her anywhere in the music industry.

Some critics may claim the entire image of the budding friendship is a gimmick, but as a fan of both of the music artists, I think it’s time we celebrate the two stars making amends, and what better way to do so than by reflecting on Swift’s songs—new and old—that perfectly describe the long, rocky road the pair has overcome?

1.“Mean,” released in 2011 off of Speak Now. This song was introduced as part of Swift’s third studio album and was said to be a shout out to her many critics at the time.

“Someday I’ll be livin’ in a big ol’ city/ And all you’re ever gonna be is mean,” Swift sang in her old country accent.

While it was never confirmed she was complaining about West’s meanness, we can all make whatever inferences about the lyrics that we like.

I doubt most people would consider West “mean,” but Swift was correct in predicting her eventual move to New York.

2.“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” released in 2012 off of Red. While the lyrics in this song, “We are never ever ever getting back together”—seemingly repeated 100 times—suggest that a more romantic relationship is being referenced, it accurately describes the tension that immediately followed the 2009 VMAs and lingered heavily for the next couple of years.

3.“Shake It Off,” released in 2014 off of 1989. This dance-y, carefree track has a stark contrast from the previously listed singles, and with good reason.

As Taylor sings, “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate/ Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake/ Shake it off,” it’s nearly impossible not to feel empowered to shake it off.

I’m sure Swift’s power to write such an uplifting song helped lead to her and West letting go of all the negativity that surrounded their frenemy relationship for years.