The hits keep coming for Bronx-native Ice Spice (real name Isis Gaston) who has social media buzzing with news of her feature on Taylor Swift‘s “Karma” single and accompanying music video. The remix was included on a new extended edition of Swift’s latest album, Midnights,’Til Dawn Edition.
Currently in the midst of a world tour, Swift doubled down on the feature by inviting Ice to peform the song during a tour stop in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, on Friday (May 26, 2023). Swift used the moment to debut the video for “Karma,” which played on the stage screen.
In an interview with Spotify, Swift credited Spice with making the feature happen. “Collaborating with Ice Spice on ‘Karma’ was one of the most natural things,” Swift explained. “She reached out through her team, just kind of saying ‘Hey, you know, Ice has been a big fan of Taylor since she was a little kid. [We] would love to collaborate if that was ever something that came about.'”
From the minute news of the feature was announced, there was push back from fans of the rapper who were infuriated because of Swift’s rumored relationship with England-born The 1975 guitarist Matt Healy who laughed along when the hosts made disparging comments about Ice Spice during a February episode of The Adam Friedland Show.
During the exchange, Healy admitted he had uncessfully tried to open up a DM exchange with Ice Spice, after which the hosts described Ice Spice as an “Inuit Spice Girl” and a “chubby Chinese lady,” followed by mocking attempts at a Chinese accent.
During a performance in April in Auckland, New Zealand, Healy apologized for the exchange. “I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you. Ice Spice, I’m sorry, It’s not because I’m annoyed that me joking got misconstrued. It’s because I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a dick. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry.”
Prior to the interview, Ice Spice had expressed her appreciation for alternative music including The 1975 in an exchange with Elle in Jauary.