Oh, hello there. Nothing to see here, just a new song Taylor Swift dropped mere hours ago. As a lover-slash-hater of the amorphous T.Swift brand, I felt it was my duty to bring you “….Ready For It?”. Though I doubt if you even are—ready—for what’s to come.

Listen to the full song here:

Or, you know what, since Taylor seems over about music streaming services, listen to it on Spotify:

“Look What You Made Me Do” is not a diss track. It is its own self-referential, scathing fever dream that exists, in the universe that its music video has created, in the death and the eventual rebirth of an artist. The disses and the diss-backs are there because, I guess, in Taylor’s view, they are a legitimate part of her art and, uh, art-making? Of course, it doesn’t change the fact that it isn’t a very good song.

Enter “…Ready For It?”, a song that has mounds of the most ratchet lines Taylor has ever sung: “In the middle of the night, in my dreams / You should see the things we do, baby / In the middle of the night, in my dreams / I know I’m gonna be with you / So I take my time / (Are you ready for it?)”.

The chorus sounds as if it was ripped from one of the tracks on her previous record, 1989. Her vocals loft on top of an airy, pulsating trap beat that juxtaposes the rest of the song, which is strikingly redolent to the tracks in Yeezus, Kanye West’s 2013 acclaimed industrial-experimental-rap album. The result is an awkward-sounding tune (I refuse to call this a “rap song”, as all her stans reflexively do) that affirms her “Regina George” reputation more than it makes the invitation to an artist coming to terms with her flaws and excitingly exploring the new areas that come with it.

So, to answer the underlying question in “…Ready For It?”, we’re not. At least not with this song. The internet, however, is ready—always—to fire with entertaining reactions.

“…Ready For It?” is the second single from Taylor Swift’s upcoming record, Reputation, which is due out November 10th.

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