Though Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a new—and fabulous—phenomenon for the tabloids and gossip blogs, it appears that Kanye had Kim in his sights long before the two showed up hand in hand in every paparazzi’s lens.
Music observers have begun digging through the lyrics of old Kanye songs and have found evidence, confirmed by TMZ through sources “extremely close” to Kanye—that’s often gossip speak for Kanye himself—that he was rapping about his longing for her as early as 2009.
For gossip mavens, this is like catnip laced with crack. While Kim was running around with Reggie Bush and shooting sexy magazine spreads with her football star boyfriend, and Kanye was spotted with the alluring Amber Rose and her bad head on his arm, he was secretly pining for Kim enough to refer to her in his music. It’s like sending out love letters to your secret crush in Morse code—everyone can hear it, but maybe only one other person can truly understand it.
The song that has gotten everyone’s attention is 2009′s “Knock You Down.” In the song, Kanye raps, “You was always the cheerleader of my dreams / To seem to only date the head of football teams / And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened.”
Later, he sings, “You should leave your boyfriend now.”
Sources say this is proof that he was pursuing Kim for years.
There was also the references to Kardashian that his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose—who is now the lady friend of rapper Wiz Khalifa, with whom Rose is now three months pregnant—made in January, when she accused Kardashian of being a “home wrecker” for having an affair with Kanye when he was with Rose. Since she and Kanye broke up in 2010, it points to a much earlier liaison between Kim and Kanye.
Kim and Kanye finally made it official—just after he included more Kim-isms in another song, this time referencing her ex-husband Kris Humphries on ‘Theraflu” (now titled “Cold”).
In that song, West rapped, “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him. Well that’s cool, baby girl, do your thing. Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.” That last is a reference to his homeboy Jay Z, who partly owns the New Jersey Nets, Humphries’ basketball team. Of course, Kanye did get Kim, but Humphries didn’t exactly get dropped—he signed a $24 million contract earlier this year.
There are many more songs to be dissected for signs. Those curious Kanye fans out there have a lot of work to do. Let us know what you come up with.