This Is the Instagram Post That Started T Swift’s ‘Squad’ Back in 2015
In 2015, the word â€œsquadâ€ became one of the most overused terms â€” and itâ€™s all Taylor Swiftâ€™s fault.
No really, it is.
She’s the one who started calling her friends “her squad” in the first place.
Before January of 2015 there isnâ€™t a single mention of the word â€œsquadâ€ in any Taylor Swift story, but then, the world changed in the span of one Instagram caption: â€œHiking with the Squad in Hawaii.â€
She even capitalized the S in squad, as if anticipating its usage in the months to come would practically constitute a proper noun.
Now, of course, weâ€™re not trying to say that T Swift came up with the wordÂ â€œsquadâ€ on her own, because that would be giving Taylor way too much credit.
She obviouslyÂ got it from hip-hop.
As Noisey notes in an article written just before the â€œBad Bloodâ€ music video was released, â€œâ€˜squadâ€™ is some hip hop shit,â€ brought to national attention in the early 90s with groups like the Hit Squad and the Def Squad, and further popularized by Busta Rhymes, Fat JoeÂ and Taylorâ€™s favorite, Lil Wayne.
Wait â€” Taylor loves Lil Wayne?
Well, she used to.
In 2012, Taylor told Vibe Magazine:
“I love hip-hop! The first song I memorized was ‘Fireman’ by Lil Wayne. Ever since then…it’s Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, the Game. When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I would drive around and he’d always point to this neighborhood where [rapper] Young Buck lived. We would drive and look at his cars and be like, ‘Oh my gawd! Those cars are so cool! I wonder if he’s in there!'”
So yeah, high school Taylor Swift was definitely listening to hip hop, which is most likely when the term â€œsquadâ€ made its way onto her list of cool things.
In the words of another hip-hop legend Taylor may or may not have listened to with her boyfriend in the car, â€œif you donâ€™t know, now you know.â€