Let's Talk About the Rap Meghan Trainor Added to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

Meghan. Meghan, what are you doing? Please stop. Taylor doesn't deserve this.

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Meghan Trainor wasn't satisfied just taking the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from Taylor Swift last week. No, she's covering Swift's "Shake It Off" herself – and adding a rather dubious rap bridge.

The cover as a whole, which was performed on an Australian radio show called Dan & Maz, is a ukelele-driven spin on Swift's monster hit. It's as inoffensive as a ukulele cover in a post-Zooey Deschanel world can be. But the rap? Well ...

So Taylor, shake 'em off, don't let 'em get to ya
Go 'head and dance like there ain't nobody watchin' ya
Shake like a Polaroid picture
You got the fans, like, 'We wanna dance witcha'"

Yikes. Trainor uses rap as a fairly major part of her work – see current hit "All About That Bass" – but it's unclear what her point was here. Who is the "ya" who might be getting to Swift? Is it Trainor herself, referencing her number-one snatch in a skillful bit of shade? We're not sure if we can give Trainor that much credit, and even if she was, she's messing with the princess of subtle shade. (Also, what on earth is that "Hey Ya" reference?)

If you need a palate cleanser, the Swift version was just uploaded to Spotify today. Or, you know, there's always another "Shake It Off" available to you. Just throwing that out there.

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