April 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM ET
Maybe "Theraflu" just had way too many bad symptoms associated with it.
Kanye West has changed the title of his controversial new song following a backlash from the manufacturer of the drug it's named after, who slammed the rapper for inappropriately cribbing their product's name.
Henceforth, West would like you to know that you should call the track "Way Too Cold."
So what's he saying about the switcheroo, and why'd he do it?
West is chalking it up to a "creative decision."
"I changed the name of the song THERAFLU to WAY TOO COLD and you can buy it now at KANYEWEST.COM," the rapper tweeted yesterday, providing a link to his official website, where he explains the reason.
Doesn't look like anything else with the song has changed, though, including punchy lyrics like "I'll admit I fell in love with Kim around the same time she had fell in love with him," presumably name-checking rumored ladylove Kim Kardashian while trashing her ex, Kris Humphries. "Well, that's cool, baby girl, do you thing / Lucky I ain't have Jay drop him from the team." (Jay-Z is a co-owner of baller Humpries' team, the New Jersey Nets.)
The song, which also includes the lyrics "Tell PETA my mink is draggin' on the floor," grabbed PETA's attention as well, and they promptly blasted the rapper by issuing a statement that read, "What's draggin' on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings."
Earlier this month, Theraflu manufacturer Novartis got up in arms over West's use of their product name, saying that "Novartis Consumer Health in no way endorses or approves of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner."
Hope they're feeling better now that he's made the switch!