Kanye West and Taylor Swift Are Now BFFs, Will Collaborate

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World peace achieved: Kanye West and former nemesis Taylor Swift will be hanging out in the studio soon. West called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Wednesday morning to discuss, among other things, why Beck's artistry is so awesome and why he momentarily crashed the stage at the Grammys (just jokes, duh).

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However, the most eventful news was that Taylor Swift has her sights set on collaborating with Kanye. Exciting. "She wants to get in the studio and we're definitely gonna go in," West tells Seacrest. "Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I'm down to get in the studio and work. I don't discriminate. I don't have an elitism of music because of, like, how many Grammys or the amount of ratings you get on an album." In fact, West decreed: "No more isms."

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Ye says Swift also told him should've followed through on his Beck stage crash, to which he sighed, "This is the irony of my life." Listen below.

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charlotte29
Charlotte29

I'm still making my way through this interview - interesting stuff so far.

Should Kanye have sat in his damn seat when Beck won the Grammy? Yes. Should he have kept his mouth shut when E! news went to try and bait him (or at the very least, been more gracious and mindful about his delivery)? Yes.

But this interview reveals so much about him that gets lost in how the media portrays him. The guy has some truly smart thoughts about music, the industry, and the role of award shows within that system. I also think, genuinely, that he is far more generous and humble than people give him credit for. Does he have times when he's not smart about how he articulates his ideas? Absolutely. But I guess my point here is that Katy Perry had a point about the media - they love their archetypes, and Kanye, being an outspoken black man, is easy to cast as the villain. We don't necessarily need to think that anything he does is above criticism, and that he shouldn't rightfully be taken to task for doing asinine things, but just broadly painting him with the "asshole" brush is a pretty simplistic take on who he is.