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Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” will go down in history as one of his greatest music videos of all time. Not only was it a cultural reset as she lost her “reputation” and said goodbye to old Taylor, but she was filled to the brim with Easter eggs that made us hunt (and replay the video) for. days. In an interview with Weekly entertainment in 2019, Swift noted that there were “thousands of Easter eggs” in the video, which many fans have yet to find out. “It will be decades before people find them all,” she teased. Well, she wasn’t wrong. Years after the video’s release, we still find some hidden references, including a nod to his mysterious Vault songs.
If you’re a dedicated Swiftie, you know Swift has a catalog of unreleased tracks. And if you’ve been a fan from the start, you might have even heard a few. Now with the upcoming release of re-recorded Swift’s Intrepid album, the rest of the world will finally be able to hear those songs Swift dubbed “Vault Tracks”. Essentially, these are songs that weren’t on the original album, which Swift put away for safekeeping.
Which brings us back to the iconic “LWYMMD” music video. In one scene, Swift and a group of thieves steal money from a safe at a company called Stream Co. At the time, this seemed to be a reference to Swift’s battle with Spotify to stream his music for free. , knowing what we know now. his battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta to own the rights to his music takes on a whole new meaning.
“Swift was stealing money from the safe, it was literally her taking back what was rightfully his.”
I’ve always said “LWYMMD” was more than Swift’s feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and this Easter egg is proof of that. At the time of ReputationThe release of, Swift probably knew it would be her last album with Big Machine Records. Following Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Records in 2019, Swift noted that she had begged her old label and Borchetta “for years” to own her own work. Instead, she was given the opportunity to ‘re-subscribe to Big Machine Records and’ win ‘one album at a time. With that in mind, Swift made the difficult decision to quit the label that helped kickstart her career. In November 2018, almost a year after the release of Reputation, Swift announced that she is signing with Republic Records and Universal Music Group, where she would own the rights to all future masters.
Now, I don’t know anything about what happened when Swift parted ways with Big Machine Records, but it seems highly plausible that even though she couldn’t secure the rights to her old masters, she could have taken his unreleased records with it, aka The Vault Tracks. Maybe the scene where Swift was stealing money from the safe was literally taking back what was rightfully hers. Not to mention that she will now own the rights to all of those Vault songs when they are released on Without fear (Taylor version) and she will be able to take advantage of the new leads, reinforcing the imagery of Swift stealing money from a safe.