Country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift has released the lead single from her upcoming album, “Reputation,” and its quite vengeful.
In the song called “Look What You Made Me Do” Taylor steps even further away from her country roots and innocent persona. Instead, she calls out all of the haters that seem to have tried to tear her down.
“I got smarter/ I got harder in the nick of time/ Honey, I rose up from the dead/ I do it all the time/ I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined/ I check it once/ then I check it twice, oh!” the 27-year-old sneers, as if reclaiming her life, and placing blame on an unnamed enemy.
Some fans on social media have speculated that Taylor’s song is about her long and highly publicized feud with rapper Kanye West, which first began in 2009 when he interrupted her Best Female Video acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. At the time, Kanye told a 19-year-old Taylor that Beyoncé should have won.
Other fans, however, insist Taylor is singing about an ongoing beef she has with pop singer Katy Perry.
Whether or not either is true, one thing is for sure: This is not the same Taylor that country music fans first fell in love with when she was a teenager. Even she acknowledges it.
“The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now/ Why?/ ‘Cause she’s dead,” Taylor proclaims in a speaking voice toward the end of the song.
“Look What You Made Me Do,” is taken from Taylor’s first new album in three years. It follows “1989,” her massively successful first pop album, and departure from country music.
Leading up to the release of her new single, Taylor shared a series of cryptic teasers on Instagram, which depicted a serpent. She also revealed the cover art for the forthcoming album. “Reputation,” which is available for pre-order, officially drops on November 10.