In case you're just coming out of a coma and haven't heard about the latest bloodshed in our generation's Godfather feud, here's a quick rundown: late Sunday night, Kim Kardashian released video clips of a phone call that went down between Kanye West and Taylor Swift, regarding the lyrics of his then not-yet-released song “Famous.” The clips seem to put an end to the long-running debate of whether Taylor in fact gave Kanye permission to include her name in the controversial song. He says she did:
But Taylor's reps have strongly denied this, claiming she never condoned the song, and specifically: "Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’"
And yet, the video clips seem to prove that yes, in fact, Taylor did give Kanye the green light. But! There may be a glitch in Kimye's (otherwise seemingly flawless) scheme.
Swift posted on Instagram and Twitter this morning a statement claiming that West did not inform her at the time that he was recording the call.
If true, Kanye would have broken a federal law that prohibits wiretapping, a source told TMZ. It all depends on where the call took place, but the source claims the call was recorded in a studio in Los Angeles. California is one of eleven "two-party consent" states where federal law requires that both parties on a phone call must give permission if the call is to be recorded.
If Kanye and Kim did in fact record Taylor without her knowing in the state of California, that's a criminal offense. And Taylor would have the right to file a lawsuit against them for violating the law, which would only add more gasoline to the fire of the feud that all began with those five historic words: "I'mma let you finish but..."
What's next? Will Kanye go to prison for illegal espionage? Will Taylor pull off her mask to reveal she has been Lord Voldemort this whole time? Will Kim continue to break the internet again, and again, until it is nothing but a pile of rubble and fake eyelashes?
For now, we wait.