While some critics lamented the song’s “deranged chorus” and “psycho pop” sound, anyone familiar with Swift’s controversial history with Kanye West noted that the Chicago rapper was the clear subject of Swift’s scorn on the track.
“I don’t like your little games / Don’t like your tilted stage / The role you made me play of the fool,” Swift sings at the start of the song, with a pointed reference to the shifting, elevated stage West performed on during his 2016 Saint Pablo tour.
Swift’s ire at having to play “the fool” seems to be directed at West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, for releasing footage of her initially approving the sentiment behind West’s song “Famous,” which featured an explicit reference to the 27-year-old singer.
Swift subsequently disapproved of the song and threatened legal action against West for secretly recording their conversation.
“Look What You Made Me Do” is the first single from Swift’s upcoming album, “Reputation,” which is due out November 10.
Listen to the song below: