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Thug Story

"Love Story" Parody (CMT Music Awards 2009) | 2009

“Thug Story,” which aired during the 2009 CMT Awards, is obviously a parody of Taylor’s then-enormous “Love Story,” except it’s about how Taylor is clearly not supposed to be rapping.
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Taylor wrote the lyrics by herself, giving herself the nickname “T-Swizzle.” In the songs, she makes sarcastic boasts like, “You can find me making cookies at night/You out clubbing? I just made caramel delights.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor talked a little about how the project came about:

«The CMT Awards asked me, 'Do you want to be a part of our intro?' and one of the first things that came to my mind was that I really, really want some excuse to be able to rap and go to the mall and go to those kiosk things and go buy bling and experience rapping in front of a car with spinners for the first time. T-Pain agreed to it and flew to Nashville and we were in a sweltering hot, 95-degree parking garage for an entire day shooting — I will never, ever forget that memory.»

In the video, Taylor’s mother Andrea Swift makes a cameo when Taylor raps, “I still live with my parents.” T-Pain autotunes along with Taylor, and even when the track breaks down at the end, he’s still talking with pitch correction.

“Thug Story” is an iconic song in the Swiftie fandom, especially for fans who already followed Taylor in 2009.


Hey Hey, T-Swizzle [T-Swizzle]
And T-Pizzle [T-Pizzle]

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
I’m like 8 foot 4
Blond hair to the floor
You shorties never thought I dreamed about rapping hardcore
No I ain’t got a gun
No I never really been in a club
Still live with my parents but I’m still a thug
I’m so gangster you can find me baking cookies at night
You out clubbing but I just made caramel delight

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & T-Pain]
T-Swift and T-Pain rapping on the same track
It’s a thug story, tell me can you handle that?

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift & T-Pain]
I had a dream last night
I had high top Nikes
I had diamonds in my mouth
And Diamonds on my mic
By the time I woke I was singing (I’m on a boat, whoa oh)

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & T-Pain]
Cause I’m a singer turned rapper (Shorty I’m a make ya)
Straight to the top, yo (Shorty I’m a take ya)
You can call me T-Sweezy
Now I’m a rap star (Hey, It’s a thug story, now tell ’em who you are)

Singer turned gangster (You don’t want to fight me)
Straight to the top (In my extra small white tee)
T-Swift and T-Pain all up on the same track
It’s a thug story now can you get with that?

[Bridge: Taylor Swift & T-Pain]
What, what, I knit sweaters, yo!
What, What, Don’t test me (Beep)

[Outro: Taylor Swift & T-Pain]
Hey, Hold on, hold on
I didn’t even say anything I- (What?)
I said Yo (yup)
You guys bleeped me and I didn’t even say anything
I didn’t swear (She didn’t even swear)
Hello? Ugh!

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
ReleasedJune 16, 2009
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersTaylor Swift
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