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Jack Antonoff Reflects on Defending Taylor Swift Against Damon Albarn & Insulting Kanye West

Jack Antonoff knows exactly where he stands. In a Wednesday (Feb. 28) interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 39-year-old producer reflected on the moments he’s called out artists such as Damon Albarn – who in 2022 came under fire for questioning Taylor Swift’s songwriting credentials – and Kanye West. 

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“I’m a little b—h sometimes,” he told the publication. “But you come after my friend Taylor, you’re toast to me.”  

The interview comes more than two years after Albarn ruffled feathers by saying Swift “doesn’t write her own songs” in an interview. The “Anti-Hero” singer – who’s a frequent collaborator of Antonoff’s — quickly shut down the claims with a heated post on X, writing, “I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this … Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging.” 

Albarn later apologized and said that his remarks had been “reduced to clickbait,” but not before Antonoff slammed the Blur frontman in a tweet of his own. “i’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in. Herb,” the former Fun band member wrote at the time. 

In the new interview, Antonoff said that questioning Swift’s songwriting prowess “is like challenging someone’s faith in God,” adding, “You just don’t go there.”  

The Bleachers founder is fresh off his third producer of the year Grammy win in a row. He and Swift also won album of the year at the 2024 awards thanks to their work on the “Karma” musician’s Midnights LP. 

And while accepting the prize for best pop vocal earlier in the ceremony, Swift announced the duo’s latest project together: The Tortured Poets Department, which arrives April 19. 

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As for West – who’s notably an adversary of Swift’s — Antonoff has long been critical. In 2022, he called the “Donda” rapper a “little b—h” in response to Ye’s many antisemitic comments that year, and in late January, he tweeted, “kanye on bleachers release date is hilarious little cry baby b-tch.” (The rapper’s Vultures 2 and Bleachers’ self-titled album are both scheduled to arrive March 8.) 

To the L.A. Times, Antonoff reiterated that West “just needs his diaper changed so badly.” 

“It’s been a long time since I would’ve taken Kanye’s call,” he added when asked about whether he’d want to work with Ye in the future. “I’m so incredibly bored when someone doesn’t have the sauce anymore, so they go elsewhere to shock. It’s just a remarkable waste of space.” 

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