Kanye West is back at it, making people uncomfortable with his lyrics. Taylor Swift wasn’t involved this time, but his wife Kim Kardashian was.
ScHoolboy Q released a new song called “THat Part,” which features Kanye West. During his verse, Kanye talks about being in a strip club and coming home to an angry Kim, according to TMZ. He then goes on to compare her to an old family friend, O.J. Simpson. “Wifey gonna kill me, she the female O.J.,” he says in the song. You can listen to his part here.
It’s unclear why Kanye decided to compare his wife to a man who is widely believed to be guilty of murdering his ex-wife, despite the 1995 jury verdict, especially when her father, the late Robert Kardashian, was a close friend and legal adviser to O.J. But this isn’t the first time Kanye has made waves with a line from one of his songs. Below are five other controversial West lyrics that have stirred the pot over the years.
1. Taylor Swift diss
It took years for Kanye West and Taylor Swift to move past their infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Award moment, where he interrupted her on stage. The two recently showed that they were friendly with one another, which is why a line from “Famous” on Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo” shocked many people. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b---- famous,” Kanye boasts on the song. The line drew widespread criticism, and Swift fired back indirectly during a Grammy acceptance speech in February.
2. Amber Rose lyric
Swift wasn’t the only one Kanye called out on his most recent album, “The Life of Pablo.” In the first 60 seconds of the song “30 Hours,” he appears to refer to out ex-girlfriend Amber Rose. On the track, the rapper says, “My ex said she gave me the best years of her life/I saw a recent picture of her, I guess she was right.”
3. Parkinson’s disease
On his 2013 album “Yeezus,” Kanye made a song called “On Sight” that stirred up trouble. The song had a line, “A monster about to come alive again/Soon as I pull up and park the Benz/We get this b---- shaking like Parkinson’s.” According to TMZ, the American Parkinson Disease Association attacked the rapper for being “distasteful” and showing “ignorance.”
4. Kris Humphries diss
Before Kanye wed Kardashian, she was married briefly to NBA player Kris Humphries. While she was with him, Kanye put out a song called “Cold.” In the song he references falling in love with Kim, while taking a shot at Humphries by saying he’s lucky he didn’t tell Jay Z to cut him from the Nets. “And I'll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/Around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well that's cool, baby girl, do ya thang/Lucky I ain't had Jay drop him from the team,” he sang.
5. Apartheid reference
Not only did the rapper make waves with “On Sight” off “Yeezus,” but he also got people talking with the controversial “Blood on the Leaves.” At one point on the track, he uses a comparison to the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. “Now you sittin' courtside, wifey on the other side/Gotta keep 'em separated, I call that apartheid.”